Neil Warnock ‘The good news is that Newcastle have only got 11 players’
Neil Warnock is desperately trying to build up Cardiff’s role as underdogs on Saturday.
The recently installed Cardiff boss has already referred to the match as a ‘David and Goliath’ contest, when also making apparently conciliatory remarks about Rafa Benitez.
When comparing the two clubs and respective squad strengths, Neil Warnock joked that“The good news is that Newcastle have only got eleven players.”
It is only 2014 when it was last Newcastle v Cardiff in the Premier League at St James Park, that end of season match ending in a 3-0 home win as the visitors dropped into the second tier.
However, in the January of that year, Cardiff pulled off a 2-1 FA Cup win despite Papiss Cisse having given Newcastle the lead.
The preparations for this latest game are unlikely to be any different to those that have gone before this season – a visiting team playing very defensively and Rafa Benitez looking to open up the away team but at the same time attempting to ensure that no gifts are given away at the other end.
A home win will be expected but just like the five previous ones in the Championship, the players will have to earn it.
“You’re in football for games like this.
“You’ve got to look forward to challenges like this. I said to the lads, this is a bonus game for us as nobody expects anything but we want to go and perform to the best we can.
“We have got to go up there and prepare for anything that they throw at us, and we want to try and give them problems as well if we can. We need everyone to be really on top of their game.
“It’s a tremendous occasion to go to St James Park and it will be a hell of a battle for us.
“It’s been an up and down week really, we have had some good bits and one or two injury problems.
“We’ve got two or three decisions either way, with lads trying to get into the team and lads trying to stay in the team.
“The good news is that Newcastle have only got eleven players.
“We’ve just got to look after ourselves and try and give them a good game.
“We know we’ve got good players ourselves. We’ll have to start well and I think the lads are ready for it.
“You relish the challenge of it and hope that you perform to the best of your ability.”
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