Cardiff City’s U21 development side have been in sparkling form in 2016 so far, recording five wins on the spin and are without a loss in seven matches. This run has included eye-catching displays including a 2-0 Severnside derby victory over Bristol City at the beginning of March and their recent 4-0 thumping of Crewe Alexandra.
The team’s bid for a playoff spot in Professional Development League Two South continues with a vital clash against fellow contenders Millwall FC - a match that can be seen at The Vale Resort on Friday, kicking off at 3pm. Ahead of a crucial moment in their season, we caught up with U21 manager, Kevin Nicholson, to discuss his side’s excellent form going into the season’s conclusion.
“We have been delighted with all of our players and their efforts over the last seven games,” Kevin began. “To be unbeaten and win five difficult matches on the bounce is a great achievement.
“The team has worked hard over the course of the season to evolve and improve and we’ve been very impressed with how the players have taken on challenges and information, both individually and collectively.
“At U21 level, we have created an environment that enables the players to play with freedom, to attack and express themselves. We set high standards that the players are expected to follow and clearly they have done so in recent months. Their attitude and application in every game has been top class from the first minute until the last. The staff that work with me also play a big part in that and their contribution is huge and highly valued by myself and the players.”
The Bluebirds’ U21 manager turned his attention towards Friday’s opponents Millwall, adding: “We’ll aim to continue our form when we face a strong Millwall team on Friday afternoon. We played them back in January, drawing that game 1-1, so we know exactly what to expect from them.
“We will approach this game no differently to how we have dealt with the last seven and the players will be ready for the challenge.
“The players are very focused on continuing the current run of form and would love to finish the season strongly.”
Supporters are welcome to attend the match against Millwall and show their backing for the U21 side, free of charge, with highlights from all U21 league matches available to subscribers of Cardiff City Player HD.