Cardiff City host Millwall on Saturday 9th December, with the Bluebirds chasing their first win in three games.
Erol Bulut’s side have lost their last two games (against Norwich and Southampton, with their last win coming away at Preston North End – Karlan Grant and Ike Ugbo scoring deep into injury time for an iconic win for Cardiff City.
With Cardiff only three points off Hull City in sixth, the race for promotion is well and truly on in the run-up to Christmas. A tricky Millwall side, famed for their physicality and toughness, travel to the Cardiff City Stadium to try and take the three points to steer themselves away from the relegation zone.
Cardiff City manager Erol Bulut spoke to the press on Thursday in the build up to the match, claiming that Cardiff City have to “find our winning spirit” if they are to beat Millwall and continue their push for the top six.
“The confidence in the squad is much better than what we had at the start of the season,” Erol Bulut said. “We grow game to game with this. For the offensive players, when they’re not scoring or creating chances, they know that they need to continue to work.
“Right now, when I look at where we are on the table, we have to think positively. Of course, when I look at the last few games, with three lost, I don’t like it.
“Sometimes it happens when you’re playing against very good teams, you lose when you shouldn’t. Against West Brom we should have taken at least a point and against Norwich City all three, in my opinion.
“We could have four more points right now, and we’ve got to now take them from somewhere.
“Now, we have to get back to scoring from our chances, and find our winning spirit to win games. Playing well is not enough, so we need points through winning these games.”
When asked about what challenges the team will face from a tough Millwall side, Bulut explained:
“We’re expecting a similar challenge to what we’ve seen recently against Preston North End; tall guys and a good, hardworking team who run and fight a lot. We’re expecting another hard game.
“We have to be focused for that game. Our players have been training hard in preparation this week.
“I think that in the Southampton game we woke up after the first 15 or 20 minutes. On Saturday, we will need to be ready from the first second. Not only that, we’ll have to be ready from the first second until the 95th or 100th minute.”
Cardiff City are favourites to beat Millwall at home on Saturday, starting the day just three points away from the play off places. Bulut will be hoping to add more points to his tally before January, so he can attract striker Kieffer Moore back to the club on loan.