Joe Ralls speaks to the press

Ralls pre-Rotherham Utd | We have belief

Club captain Joe Ralls spoke to the press ahead of our Sky Bet Championship clash against Rotherham United at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

The Bluebirds head into this weekend on the back of three consecutive league wins, having defeated Swansea City, Coventry City and Sunderland.

“We’re really happy with the start we’ve made,” Joe began. “Obviously, there were games that we thought we could have got a better result than what we did, but all in all, we’re really happy.

“We’re on the back of a really good week where we’ve picked up nine points from nine, and that gives us that belief in what we’re doing. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season now.”

Joe Ralls walks onto the pitch for Cardiff City

City’s last meeting against Rotherham United was back in April, in which the Bluebirds earned a crucial 2-1 victory.

Fast forward to now and City are at the other end of the Championship table, currently sitting seventh in the second tier.

Joe continued: “We finished the season quite well last year. We had to get wins to stay in the division, it was the position we found ourselves in and that was a massive game for us last year. To get over the line was massive.

“It’s in contrast to this season. We’re looking in the opposite direction. The manager has come in and has done well. We’ve had a full pre-season with him, he’s brought in some really good players and the squad is looking in a really good place.

“We’re just looking up and trying to carry on what we’ve been doing. We want to pick up good wins and keep going in the right direction.”

Joe Ralls in action for Cardiff City

Saturday’s opponents Rotherham United currently sit 23rd in the table, having won just one of their opening eight matches.

Last time out, the Millers earned a commendable draw against high-flying Preston North End.

“It will be a tough game on Saturday,” Joe continued. “That’s what we’ll be expecting. We’ll need the crowd right behind us. We’ve had a great week, but we want to keep that going. Hopefully, we can do that and pick up another three points.

“Nine point weeks are really tough to come by. It’s great for belief, but we can’t think it’s done now. The boys should be really proud of what they did last week. With three games in such a short space of time and to keep churning out those results is really hard to do. The full focus is now back onto Saturday.”

Saturday's fixture will be Community Foundation Day, raising awareness of the fantastic work being done by the Cardiff City FC Community Foundation. 

As an Ambassador for the Community Foundation, Joe concluded: "It's amazing. It's something we're really proud of at the Club with the work we do with our local communities. 

"We had the guys come in to the Vale recently and do a video showing what they do. All the boys were really impressed with the work we do and it's great that we can try and support in any way we can as players. We know we've got a role in the communities and our responsibilities within the Club as well. Hopefully, we can keep it going. It's fantastic work that we're doing."

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