Cardiff have had a really inconsistent season so far but under new manager Neil Harris they seem to be on the rise once more.
The Bluebirds haven’t lost since Harris took over at the club, and he recorded a brilliant victory on Saturday as his side won away at top six contenders Nottingham Forest.
This backed up a solid point at the Valley, before a 1-0 home victory over Stoke in midweek. It’s the type of form and performances that Cardiff have shown in previous years when promoted to the Premier League, so there is real optimism in the Welsh capital that Harris has found the right formula.
Defending is so important in the Championship, and what Cardiff do have is a lot of experienced centre-backs who know the league well. Surprisingly, before Harris came in they had conceded a large amount of goals, and players such as Sean Morrison and Aden Flint looked vulnerable throughout.
It’s interesting to see that Harris has now brought in Curtis Nelson to the starting XI for the first three games of his reign, and he has performed excellently earning himself and the side two clean sheets as well as forming a potentially solid partnership with Flint.
Cardiff fans have high expectations having only been relegated from the Premier League last season and they’ll have been disappointed with the start that Neil Warnock made to the Championship season.
The vigour seemed to have been lost from the side but there’s now opportunity for the side and the supporters to get the belief back that the Bluebirds can achieve a top six finish.
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Sitting 10th in the table, and just three points off the play-offs, there is real renewed hope amongst the fanbase and the squad at Harris’ disposal is that of one that should be competing for promotion.
If the Bluebirds can keep this run going ahead of a busy Christmas period, then there’s no reason why a more consistent second-half of the season can’t land them in the play-off places.
Supporters should be delighted with the start, whilst remaining cautious as to the unpredictable nature of the Championship.