Behind Enemy Lines: Cardiff City

CARDIFF have enjoyed a strong start to the Championship season under Neil Warnock, and will look to pick up another three points when they host Millwall on Saturday.

With the Bluebirds currently second, behind only Wolves, the Lions will have to put in an excellent performance if they are to have a chance of recording their first victory away from The Den this season.

Neil Harris again has injuries to deal with, however. Fred Onyedinma is a doubt for this weekend, whie Shaun Williams and Byron Webster are still long-term absentees.

Lucas Ball spoke to Cardiff fan Julian Richards ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Twitter: @CCFC_jules

Why do you support Cardiff?

I was born in Cardiff but moved away back in 1986. My dad was a lifelong Bluebird and I’ve supported them since I was young. There’s been plenty of good and bad!

What’s your best season following the Bluebirds?

I’d probably have to go for the season that we won promotion to the Premier League (in 2013). We were going to be part of that ‘elite’ 20 clubs, although we struggled hugely. That promotion campaign was definitely the best, but it was arguably followed by the worst.

How impressed have you been with the start to the season?

It’s incredible, I’m extremely impressed with what Neil has done. He came in a year ago when we were 23rd in the table and saved us from relegation by adding some strength to the back-line.

Then, this season, he has managed to get the best out of some players, as well as recruiting well in the summer with some shrewd business.

What, if anything, needs to be added to the squad to maintain this form?

Personally, I think we need a goalkeeper and another striker. Someone with experience would be a great to help in the dressing room and lead by example out on the pitch with their experience.

Which of Warnock’s men will be crucial?

Kenneth Zohore and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, I think. But Sol Bamba could also prove very important in stopping your attack. Mendez-Laing has four goals and two assists already, whilst Zohore is returning to fitness, which may mean he might not play as big a part as usual.

Who, from the Millwall side, will the Bluebirds need to keep a close eye on?

Steve Morison. He’s an excellent player who knows an awful lot and has the experience to lead the side. If we can stop him, that’ll go a long way to deciding who gets the three points.

Also, any of your current back-line. Neil Harris has you quite solid defensively, and the likes of Shaun Hutchinson and James Meredith are in excellent form.

What’s your predicted Cardiff formation and line-up?

I’d expect us to play 4-4-2.


Peltier Morrison Bamba Manga

Tomlin Ralls Hoilett Bryson

Mendez-Laing Ward

Finally, a score prediction?

I hate predicting and rarely get it right but I’ll go for a draw: Cardiff 1-1 Millwall

Graphic: @ShedCreative