Erol Bulut

Bulut pre-Rotherham Utd | We cannot stop working hard

Erol Bulut spoke to the press ahead of City's clash with Rotherham United at CCS this Saturday, opening with an injury update for the Bluebirds' squad.

"With Aaron Ramsey, he has an injury. He will not be available for us for three weeks. It is an injury to his tendon. I hope that we can have him back after the international break.

"We will miss him, for sure. We have to take it how it is right now, and the players we have will do their best in the next games.

"We already have a few injured players, like Josh Bowler and Callum O'Dowda. Josh is back running today, but Callum is not yet on the field. The healing with him is going a little bit slowly. I hope Josh will be back for next week, with O'Dowda maybe a little bit longer, perhaps two weeks.

"All the players have to be ready. Now it is time for other players to show themselves, when they get the shirt to be in the first eleven."

Erol Bulut

The Bluebirds come into Saturday's clash on a three-game winning run in the Championship, with the boss hoping to keep that momentum going ahead of our final three fixtures before the international break.

“The last three games, we did really well. We worked hard, but we cannot stop. We have to continue working hard to take our chances in the games, just how we did it in the last game.

"It’s not always attractive football, like in Sunderland. The opponent was better, but we managed it well and we fought until the end. We showed character in Sunderland and we got the three points. Some games will be like that.

"The game on Saturday against Rotherham will also not be an easy game. Nobody has to think that everything will be easy. We have to work hard to get the points and be fully concentrated on the pitch.

"Rotherham try to catch second balls and play counter-attacking football. We have to be prepared for everything; for the style they have played up until now, or if they try and play out from the goalkeeper."

Erol Bulut

Despite the Millers' position in the league table, Erol was keen to stress the importance of not being complacent, and working hard to secure three points.

"Nobody was expecting that we were going to lose at home to QPR. We dominated the game, but we lost the game from two counter-attacks, and two goals. We cannot allow this anymore.

"My players have to give 100% on the field, with the fans behind them. We cannot see this opponent as an easy game to win. We have to work hard, altogether, to get wins."

Saturday is also Cardiff City FC Community Foundation Day, and the Gaffer concluded with a comment on the vital work carried out across South Wales by the Community Foundation.

“What I’ve seen in the last few weeks, they do a great job. Some players have been in the hospital to help and to support the Foundation. They do a great job and I hope they continue like that.” 

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