Joe Ralls

Ralls pre-Stoke City | We have to take responsibility

Joe Ralls spoke to Cardiff City TV ahead of City's clash with the Potters at CCS on Saturday afternoon.

"It's a massive game against Stoke on Saturday." the skipper began. "We were really disappointed with the performance against Sunderland. It was a bit of a shock for all of us really, after that great win at Blackpool.

"We are aware that we don't want to make the same mistakes again, and we want to make sure that we give a good account of ourselves. 

"It’s a great opportunity for us, in front of our fans, to go and pick up more points, and that’s what we’re looking to do.

"With the same attitude we showed at Watford, hopefully we can get the same result. Obviously, it was a brilliant win for us on Wednesday. It was a great feeling after the game, with the fans that travelled and all the boys together.

"We knew how important the game was, and how important every game is now until the end of the season. So, to start off this little period that we’ve got, five games, with a win, is brilliant. We couldn’t ask for more."

Joe Ralls

The City captain, who has produced some excellent performances of late, discussed his role in the Bluebirds' setup, as well as the added responsibility that comes with wearing the armband.

He said: "I'm enjoying playing, I'm enjoying trying to win games for this team, doing all I can.

"The gaffer wants me to play well and set the standards for the team, making sure the boys are at it. It's all about doing my best for the team, and trying to make sure the boys are all ready.

"I try to organise us from on the pitch as well, because you can only do so much sometimes from the touchline. All the boys have got to take responsibility on the pitch.

"Stoke are a dangerous team because they’ve maybe not got anything to play for, they can play with freedom. That can sometimes be dangerous, but we’ve got to manage that.

"We’ve got our fans behind us which will be a massive help, and we’ve got to show more than what we showed against Sunderland last time out here.

We’re expecting to do that. We’ll have a good couple of days training, recovering and making sure that we’re ready physically for the game."

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