Birmingham City Preview | Neil Harris



Neil Harris held a pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday's clash with Birmingham City.

"Birmingham is going to be a tough game," Neil admitted. "They're a big side, who change their shape regularly.

"We have to be ready for how we want to play against them."

The Bluebirds go into this match following a disappointing South Wales derby defeat.

"It's not forgotten. It won't be forgotten. You can't put it right until you play again against your local rival.

"But you get a chance to build momentum again and get back to winning ways. That's what our plan is tomorrow."

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City forward Kieffer Moore picked up an injury on the weekend, and this squad setback may see new faces come into the matchday 20 for the coming fixtures.

"Kieffer will be out for a period of time. He's had a scan and he has a tear in the hamstring. He'll be out until the new year. He's been in great form this season, especially recently. He was also pivotal to the four game winning run we had.

"As always, it becomes an opportunity for someone else. Someone like Robert Glatzel for example, who has been waiting in the wings and made a good impact when coming off the bench in the last few weeks.

"Joe Ralls is suspended, and we've got a few other knocks and bruises as well. As has tended to happen, it all mounts up in one go. No Kieffer, No Ralls, No Lee Tomlin, No Isaac Vassell & Junior Hoilett has had an injury as well.

"Sometimes people have to stand up and be counted in moments like this. We'll get fresh legs in and it gives chances for others to prove their qualities."

On potential Academy inclusions, Neil added: "The nine subs we're allowed protects the players. But it also gives a pathway for Academy players to come out of the 23s and 18s and be involved. It gives that chance.

"The fans want to see young players involved when they can. If tomorrow, with injuries and suspensions, that some of our younger players can be involved in the matchday, then it is only good for their development.

"If they get on the pitch, then brilliant. But even just being involved in the matchday is a great achievement."

Watch Neil Harris' press conference in full on Cardiff City TV now!