Harris pre-Stoke | The players have been outstanding
STOKE PREVIEW | HARRIS
Neil Harris spoke to Cardiff City TV ahead of the Bluebirds’ midweek trip to Stoke City.
After three wins on the spin, the City boss praised his squad heading into Tuesday’s 7:45pm kick-off, as he called for more of the same.
“Three clean sheets in a week is a big statement,” he began. “It’s important that we have a solid foundation to build on for success this year.
“I’m really pleased for the team, but particularly for the back four and the goalkeeper to get those clean sheets. It does give us a foundation to spring forward.
“The confidence and the spirit in the camp is as good as ever. The mentality in training and preparing for games, and the diligence I demand to be organised, is there.
“Once they step over that white line, it’s down to them to perform and in the last three games the players have been outstanding.”
Setting his sights on the opposition, Harris assessed the threat that the Potters will pose at the bet365 Stadium.
“Michael [O’Neill] has done a brilliant job over the course of the past 13, 14 months that he’s been there,” he continued.
“Stoke are a big football club and one that were in the Premier League for a long period of time. They got relegated and struggled to settle in the division and find a base to build on.
“They seem to have finally done it and are performing well this year. They’re a big physical side; they score goals from set plays, crosses, get the ball forward quickly and have pace in the team.
“We know going to Stoke that we have to match that physicality and be aggressive in our play.”