Pre-Blackpool Press Conference | Aden Flint
BLACKPOOL PREVIEW | ADEN FLINT
Aden Flint spoke ahead of City’s first away trip of the campaign on Saturday and said that he and his team-mates had their sights firmly set on the scalp of a confident Blackpool side.
The Tangerines came up through the League One Play-Offs last May and host the Bluebirds at Bloomfield Road for the first time since October 2014 in Saturday’s 3pm kick-off.
Reflecting on the first two games of the season and looking towards the weekend, Aden told press and media on Friday morning: “We’re enjoying playing competitive football again.
“It was disappointing not to get the win against Barnsley as we had the better chances, but overall, it was probably a fair result and a point on the board. Then it was great to get the win on Tuesday night which sets us up nicely for Blackpool this Saturday.
“If we can back up these results with a win against Blackpool then that would be perfect; we’re looking for our first win for sure. They had a good win in the cup against Boro and drew with Bristol City on opening day so they’re in a similar boat to us.
“They may have the wind in their sails having come up last season, but we won’t be thinking about that and we’re heading there looking for the three points as we would for any game.”
The 6’6” defender left South Wales on loan at the start of the 2020/21 season to join then-Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday.
A serious mid-season injury curtailed Aden’s time at Hillsborough, although in rehabilitating back in South Wales, the defender was thrown a Cardiff City lifeline by incoming boss, Mick McCarthy.
“I’m so happy that the Gaffer has put his faith in me,” Aden reflects. “I was out for a while with a hamstring tear and then didn’t get too much of a look in under the previous manager, so I’m grateful for the Gaffer giving me this chance. I think I’ve found my feet and I’m enjoying playing football again.
“You have to be mentally strong at times as a footballer and in situations like that you just have to keep working hard and take the opportunity for you when it comes. When the Gaffer came in back in January, he told me that he’d give me the chance and whilst that came a bit quicker than I expected after recovering from the injury, I’m glad he gave me the nod and I hope I’m repaying that faith he put in me.
“I’ve not looked back since and to hear those nice things from the manager back then gave me a huge confident boost. I’m really enjoying playing for Cardiff City again.”