Press Conference | Harris pre-QPR
QPR PREVIEW | HARRIS
Bolstered by the recent acquisitions of Max Watters and Perry Ng and an improving injury list, Bluebirds Boss Neil Harris spoke to press on Tuesday afternoon about the prospects going forward of a more settled and balanced first team squad.
City host Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday evening, looking to bounce back from Saturday’s slender defeat to Norwich City at Cardiff City Stadium.
And in respect of his new signings, Neil began his conference by speaking about what the two new recruits will bring to the group.
“Getting Perry and Max into the building over the past 72 hours or so has been brilliant for us,” Neil stated. “I think both players have really bright futures and it’s great that we’ve been able to bring them to the club.
“We never envisaged being without Jordi Osei-Tutu for four months, nor the injuries we’ve had at centre half. To bring a right back in was the main aim of the window and getting Perry here has been key for us. We’re getting a good character, somebody who was club captain at Crewe at the age of 23. He has voice, presence and personality and has played a lot of league football.
“With him and Max on board and players coming back from injury, we’re going to be able to have a much more settled side.”
The Bluebirds enjoyed a rich vein of form in the latter months of last season to propel them into a fifth-place finish and Play-Off place.
And despite currently sitting fifteenth in the Sky Bet Championship, Neil laid out his hopes for the remaining 23 games of the season, starting against Mark Warburton’s Hoops side on Wednesday night.
“We know that this group is capable of winning games in succession,” he stated. “We need to be targeting back-to-back wins that become runs of three or four. That can take you right back towards those top six places and I believe that this group has it in them to do that.
“It’s important to get players back fit and give the players the confidence that they can do it. We need to get back to a clean sheet mentality that we haven’t had over the past five games and find that edge again from set plays and open play.
“I’m confident we can get back to winning ways.”