Harris pre-Hull | We're progressing well
HULL PREVIEW | HARRIS
Cardiff City boss Neil Harris spoke with the press and media on Monday afternoon.
The Bluebirds head into the final league match of the season against Hull City needing one point to secure their place in the Championship play-offs.
“Going into the final game of the season, we know a positive result puts us into the play-offs," Neil began. “We’re in a strong position and that’s important.
“We can’t assume we’re going to win the game. We’ve just got to prepare properly and take care of our business.
“We know what we need to do. There is no sentiment about other teams and what they’re doing. It is purely about Cardiff City.
“The lads have been great. I’ve loved it. I want us to be successful as a group because I love winning. We’ve just got to keep doing what we are doing. We’re progressing well as a group.
“It’s a happy camp. And we want to roll that into a sustained period beyond Wednesday night."
The Bluebirds have picked up 16 points from an available 24 since football returned in late June 2020.
“I think we came out of lockdown in great fashion. Beating Leeds and winning at Preston was a great way to start against two of the toughest opponents in the league.
“We carried that on. But then we had a little blip. A three days blip. 72 hours against Blackburn and Fulham where we probably deserved a point out of the two games, but nothing more than that.
“It was important we responded from there. I asked my players to dig deep again and find it within themselves. Trust in me and my staff that we pick the right team and the right tactics and to bounce back against Derby. And the group have done great.
“I think it shows a winning mentality in the group and a desire to want to do well. Sometimes it is about pushing that momentum along. And at the moment we’ve certainly got it."
Winger Junior Hoilett came off early on against Middlesbrough due to a groin injury. The City boss gave us an update ahead of the key game with Hull.
“It isn't too serious with Junior," Neil added. "He struggled a little going into Saturday but wanted to play after a great performance against Derby.
“We’ll have to see if Wednesday is too soon. It is a muscular injury and tight but we’ll consider it after training on Tuesday."
Neil also gave a message to the Bluebirds support, watching around with the world.
“I know the fans watch my press conferences. I’m positive and excited. I’m looking forward to the game.
“The importance of football is huge. We want Cardiff City fans to be happy watching their team play.
“I want the fans to see us finish the league campaign at home and put in a strong performance.
“Keep enjoying it. Keep believing in us."