Pre-Blackpool Press Conference | Mick McCarthy
BLACKPOOL PREVIEW | MICK McCARTHY
Cardiff City FC boss Mick McCarthy spoke with the press & media on Friday morning ahead of the trip to Blackpool.
The Bluebirds visit Bloomfield Road for their opening away fixture of the 2021/22 campaign on Saturday afternoon.
“They’ve come up with momentum," said Mick discussing our opponents. “We all watched the Bristol City game yesterday and they were very competitive in that. Although they scored in the 93rd minute, they’d hit the post prior and looked strong. And then they played Middlesbrough on Tuesday night and absolutely bashed them, 3-0.
“They’ll be very confident and feeling very good about themselves ahead of their first home game. They play a good brand of football. They like to get it down and pass it at the back.
“We’re going there to try and win the game though. That’s all we can do. We go away and try and win the games. We don’t go away and sit back and take the point.
“I’ve always said everywhere I’ve been, if you get a point away from home then it is a point in your pocket. Don’t ever dismiss that because it is tough going away. Especially now they’ve put the crowds back in.
“Let’s see how we do. Our away form last year without the crowds was great. Let’s see if it is just as good with crowds in. We hope it is!”
The Gaffer also gave a squad update following Tuesday's cup clash with Sutton United: “Mark McGuinness has got a knock. Ciaron Brown's ankle is bad. We’ve had a bit of a cold going through the camp but we’re pretty much okay. It is just a cold though. We’ve been tested rigorously.
“Isaac (Vassell) played his first 90 minutes in a couple of years recently in a behind-closed-doors game. He needs that.
"Tommo (Lee Tomlin) is looking to come back in training next week.
“Kieffer Moore is getting his fitness and touch again. He’s not played any football for a while. He did 85 minutes on Tuesday and got through it. It was great for him.
“Other players needed games too. Big Sean (Morrison) needed to play, as did Ryan Wintle. Will Vaulks was suspended for the first game and needed minutes. Mark Harris too. We ended up winning the game and they all did okay. It was important they had that game time."