Manager cites rejuvinated home as critical to Club success
Cardiff City manager Russell Slade targeted F.A. Cup progression when Reading visit Cardiff City Stadium for a Fourth Round clash on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking in his Friday morning press conference, the Manager said:
“This is our next opportunity to attempt to get a win.
"We need a win at the minute, and I think that would do everybody’s confidence a world of good, having had two very difficult away trips.
“There may be one or two changes, but we won’t have the five or six that we had for Colchester. Besides, the size of the squad is a little bit smaller than it was three or four weeks ago.
“I think that a Cup run would be fantastic for this Football Club, because I do think that we could benefit from some momentum from it.
"Sometimes when you do make the odd change, it gives somebody the opportunity to step up to the plate. Particularly in the third round, we made five or six changes, and that was good for the likes of Kadeem Harris, who were able to go into that game and put in a performance.
“We’re back at our stadium, which I think will make a difference as well. We’ve been relatively strong at home, and I hope that can give us the lift we need to get ourselves into that fifth round draw.”
The Bluebirds Boss also provided updates on some of the sidelined members of his squad, revealing his hope that forward Alex Revell would be fit to meet the Royals.
“We think Alex is alright,” he said. “He will train today, so we’ll see how he gets on. It may only be a light session for him, but we’re hoping that he’s going to be back in contention.
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"Nicky Maynard is going to be out for another five weeks with his back though. It’s a reoccurring injury which has kept him out, so we’re having to rein him right back in to give him a bit of a rest."
“Anthony Pilkington is still looking at mid-February. He’s on a similar track to Joe Mason; both are at similar stages.