ONE of Dave Jones’ signings for Cardiff believes that the Bluebirds will have to be braced for a possible Wednesday backlash on Sunday.
He is keeper David Marshall, who knows from experience that the Owls manager will have prepared his team in the best possible way for the Cardiff City Stadium clash despite their recent bad run.
“Dave is an experienced manager. We know exactly how he is and that he can bring a team together; he will have his team fired up and ready,” said the 27-year-old who was bought by Jones for £300,000 from Norwich three years ago.
Marshall feels that Cardiff must be on their toes if they are to record a 10th successive home win.
“We have to make sure our preparation and mental approach are spot on. It’s a match we need to win. We will be focused on our own ambitions,” he said,
Cardiff are buoyed by that 100 per cent home record. Says Marshall: “We feel confident playing in front of our own fans at home. Their support helps us immensely.
“We’ll do all we can to add to Dave Jones’ woes – that’s football; he would have had exactly the same attitude had the situation been reversed.”
Cardiff’s present success under Malky Mackay is the sort of thing that Jones was achieving during his time with the Bluebirds, though three times they narrowly missed out on promotion in the end.
Marshall acknowledges: “He had a really good time with Cardiff City and took the team to a level where we were always challenging.”
Cardiff’s home record this season looks daunting. Mackay’s men have beaten Huddersfield 1-0, Wolves 3-1, Leeds 2-1, Blackpool 3-0, Birmingham 2-1, Watford 2-1, Burnley 4-0. Hull 2-1 and Middlesbrough 1-0.
They have also won 2-1 at Barnsley and drawn 1-1 at Derby in their last two games, finishing with 10 men on each occasion, and are enjoying their best run of the season - three wins and a draw from the last four matches.
Winger Craig Noone was the man sent off at Pride Park, on Tuesday, for two bookings, so is suspended on Sunday. Cardiff ground out a result despite being without him for half an hour.
Left-back Simon Lappin is available after he was dismissed in the last minute at Oakwell after two yellow cards and was suspended for the Derby game.
Marshall says: “There is a lot of character and team spirit throughout this group and they are factors which really help us. The manager has had to utilise the whole squad because of injuries. Those who stepped in have been excellent.”