Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock addressed the press and media on Thursday morning ahead of Cardiff City’s final home match of the 2016/17 season, against Newcastle United.

“We just have pride at stake,” Neil began. “We need to put a good performance on in front of the TV cameras. With Newcastle coming it’s a game that whets the appetite. It will be a good crowd and the Geordies will be coming to celebrate.

“Hopefully we can put one over on them. I was delighted they won on Monday because it adds more spice to our game. That’s what I was hoping for really."

The Bluebirds have shown real confidence at Cardiff City Stadium, with just three defeats from seventeen home league matches since Neil Warnock was appointed manager in October.

“Since I’ve been here I don’t think there’s been one game we couldn’t have won,” Neil continued. “I look at the differences in other teams - we had a period of sloppy goals, we had a period of mistakes at the back, and a period of not being able to score. Those three things, if we can improve on those, which I think we can, there are a lot more points we could have had this season, let alone next.

“It’s about tidying up our own house, putting our own house in order. I will imagine we’ll be mid-table bookies wise next year because there will be some big teams, big clubs, and it will be difficult to get into that top area but that’s what we’ve got to strive for – first to get into that top 10, then the top six.

“That’s why I’m here, to have an opportunity like that.”

Neil Warnock