Neil Warnock held a pre-match press conference ahead of the Bluebirds’ weekend home clash with Brentford.
The Gaffer began by commenting on the Bees’ positive league form, as he prepared his men to return from the international break this Saturday.
“They’re the best team in the league at the minute, on form,” began the City boss. “I think they’re the only team that’s got more crosses and shots than us, according to the stats. It shows you what kind of an attacking team they are. I like Dean Smith - I think he’s a very, very good young manager.
“They’ve got a good team spirit really, a bit like us. It will be a tough game, but I think it will be a good game. No disrespect to Millwall, but I think it will be end-to-end, they’ll want to win it, and it will be a very open game."
With a number of players fighting back from spells on the sidelines, the Gaffer explained how City’s strength in depth has been a valuable commodity this term, adding: "Everyone will have a period like we have at the moment - I think we’ve got seven lads out injured, plus another couple still to come back.
“It’s a big loss, that, for a club, but it just shows how far we’ve come in thirteen months, that I still think we’ve got a decent team when we lose these players. Although it’s disappointing, it gives opportunities to other members of the squad.”
The Manager went on to explain what he expects from the Bluebirds’ latest recruit, Rolf Feltscher, who signed a two-month deal at Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday.
“He said he’ll let us have a look at him for seven weeks, as we’ve got a few injuries,” he continued. “He plays anywhere across the back really - he’s quite an attacking player. He played behind closed doors on Monday and we’re going to try and fix up some other games in the next few weeks.
“He’s full of energy and we liked what we saw. I have no plans permanently to sign the lad at the minute and he knows that, so it’s up to him to try and put his case forward.”
Finally, following another fan meeting on Thursday evening, Neil spoke about his relationship with the City faithful, ahead of his upcoming Q&A event at CCS.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to go out,” he added. “Because when you go to places like that, you see how people care, and they see how you care. There’s nothing like actually facing people, having a drink and having an informal chat.
"It’s lovely to be wanted as a manager. The fans have taken to me from day one and they can tell I’m enjoying myself too.”