Cardiff manager Dave Jones goes into tomorrow’s clash with Barnsley telling his players that the hard work starts now.
Jones felt his men were unlucky to come away from Crystal Palace with nothing on Tuesday, with the hosts staging a smash-and-grab raid on the promotion-chasing Bluebirds just days after a shock defeat at home to Ipswich.
The dropped points were not too damaging, though, with some of their rivals also slipping up, but Jones wants his players to start looking after their own destiny.
“Everyone here is looking to push on now and put the two results behind us,” Jones said.
“Everyone has to work hard and produce the performances we expect of their abilities. That’s the consistency we’re looking for.
“We know that it’s the business end of the season. For the last two games it’s a fact that we’ve lost some of our momentum in reference to the results we’ve picked up, although I think we haven’t lost momentum when you look at the performances.”
Barnsley are lodged firmly in mid-table, with neither relegation nor promotion a genuine issue.
Manager Mark Robins, though, wants them to do as much as they can in their last 10 games of the season.
“We need to pick up as many of the 30 points on offer as possible and finish higher with more points than last season,” he said.
“The more results we can get, then other club’s opinions of us will change and expectations will rise.”
Cardiff are one of a clutch of seven clubs that can claim to have genuine aspirations of automatic promotion, with Norwich also among that group.
The Canaries do not play until Monday night when they face Bristol City, when, depending on other results, they could take a firm grip on second spot.
“Whether other teams around us win or lose, it won’t affect anything we try to do on Monday,” manager Paul Lambert said.
“I know we’ve still got our job to do, regardless of what else happens. We have to try and win.”
A run of four straight wins means that Bristol City will go into the game free of any relegation concerns, but ambitious manager Keith Millen is not content with simply surviving despite a rocky end to 2010 that saw them in grave trouble.
“We won’t let this season fade away now,” he told www.bcfc.co.uk.
“It’s important when you get that winning mentality that you keep it because you can carry it forward into next season.”