Erol Bulut speaks to the press

Erol pre-Middlesbrough | I hope for three points

Erol Bulut spoke to the press ahead of this weekend's home game against Middlesbrough.

The gaffer began with an injury update: "The injuries are still the same, only with one more, [Yakou] Méïté. He will be on the list this weekend.

"We have one or two small pains on other players, but I hope they will be available for Saturday.

"It is important to have more home wins in front of the fans. It is always great. In some games we have been unlucky, but in football it is all included, luck and unluck. I hope we can have a great game on Saturday to get the win against Middlesbrough."

Erol Bulut in training

Boro head into Saturday's clash just one point above the Bluebirds, having fallen to a 3-4 defeat against Leeds United on Monday.

Erol continued: "I hope for three points. Middlesbrough is also mid table, and of course both teams will try to win. We will try to finalise and finish the season with two more wins.

"Of course it will not be easy, they are a tough team. Last time I watched them against Leeds they played really good.

"I am expecting from my team that they are one hundred per cent focussed on the game, like how we managed it against Southampton. We played an open game, the players played free."

Erol Bulut in training

With injuries mounting up the final weeks of the season, the Gaffer explained that our last two matches will bring more opportunities for our younger players.

"Of course we will try to use young players again. My bench will be full of U21 players because of the amount of injuries we have. But I trust them and I believe them, they are the future of the club.

"When we look at how those three guys last week played [Cian Ashford, Luey Giles and Raheem Conte] I hope this was a good signal for the other U21 players who will be on the bench to show themselves. Everybody, I think, is waiting for those minutes to show something.

"The mentality of those young guys is really good. Not one of them is flying, they keep their feet on the ground and it is a good sign.

"It will be a good opportunity for some young players to show themselves. I am optimistic they will show a good performance."

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