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Behind Enemy Lines | Cardiff City

The Bluebirds fly to SE16...

11 February 2022

Glen Williams is the Cardiff City correspondent for WalesOnline and has been in the job for two-and-a-half years, a period which has spanned four managers, a play-off campaign and  "premature relegation fear this season!"

Millwall legend Steve Morison returns to The Den, this time to stand in the dugout and manage The Bluebirds. The ex-Lions striker was appointed permanently back in November, his first professional management position. 

"There has been a noticeable difference around the club since his appointment. That has to be prefaced by saying that the mood was genuinely dire at the end of Mick McCarthy's reign. He oversaw eight straight defeats, which is the worst run in the club's history, as the Bluebirds began careering towards the relegation zone. The football was also like sticking pins in the eye sometimes, it really was a shocker. 

"Steve Morison has come in and tried to change that, which he has done, and he has stopped the rot of defeat after defeat. His work in the transfer window has also provided a timely lift, too, so it's a far better place at the minute."

Cardiff have won their last three League matches, which could signal a turning point in their season:

"Yeah, well Cardiff hope so. After the 3-2 defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, there were genuine relegation fears. The win over Nottingham Forest, who were bang in form, was a surprise, but Barnsley and Peterborough United games were always seen as vitally important. Getting nine points from three games and propelling the club 12 points away from the drop zone has just provided some stress relief for City fans - although they are not out of the woods just yet."

Last time out, The Bluebirds defeated Peterborough United 4-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"It was Cardiff's best performance of the season by a country mile. It is only the third time they have kept a clean sheet this season, so while the goals put the gloss on it, seeing a cohesive defensive display was just as pleasing.

"They were just so fluid in attack. Under the old regime, it was very direct, 'target-man' football. Cardiff now have players who can carry out a far more aesthetically-pleasing brand of football in a system which is far more conducive to it.

"Loan signings Jordan Hugill and Uche Ikpeazu have started like a house on fire in front of goal, too, which always helps!"

Williams highlights two players to look out for this weekend:

"There are two who stand out to me. Manchester City youngster Tommy Doyle has been pulling the strings expertly in midfield since his arrival. The Premier League champions have got a real prospect on their hands with this one, he is a classy operator. His deliveries into the box and his eye for a pass are tremendous and will be a real weapon for Cardiff.

"Elsewhere, Cody Drameh at right-back has been a revelation. If that man is not a Premier League full-back in waiting I don't know who is.

"The Leeds United loanee has turned in two man-of-the-match performances in his five outings for Cardiff and was unstoppable in the win over Posh in midweek. He's a real threat on the right flank."

Cardiff were the victors in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and this campaign, The Welsh side have been dangerous on the road. 

"Given how Cardiff's season has gone so far, it's always dicey to predict a win, but this is the best form they have shown for almost a year and it's the most confident this group has been for some time.

"Millwall away is always a tough ask, though. Weirdly, Cardiff's form away from home has been far better than at Cardiff City Stadium, however, so they do travel well.

"I think it's a pretty evenly-matched contest heading into it."

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