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Mark Harris issues frank admission on Cardiff City’s current situation

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Cardiff City attacker Mark Harris has admitted the Bluebirds should be much higher up the table than they currently are, but believes they won’t be down near the bottom for too long if they can replicate the spirit against Stoke City as he spoke in an interview with the BBC.

After losing eight consecutive games under former boss Mick McCarthy, with his departure being confirmed just over a week ago after their 2-0 home defeat against Middlesbrough, the Welsh side were under fresh management with caretaker boss Steve Morison taking the reins temporarily.

It seemed to be the same old story for Cardiff though, going 3-0 down at the bet365 Stadium at the weekend in the 46th minute as Steven Fletcher looked to have struck the killer blow.

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However, goals from Rubin Colwill, Harris and Kieffer Moore in the final 25 minutes rescued a remarkable point for the travelling away support, ending their pointless run and pulling them one point away from the drop zone with Hull City, Barnsley and Derby County all losing below them.

This has only widened the gap to three between them and 22nd place – but it was a massive boost for Morison in his first game in charge and will give them a huge boost going into Wednesday evening’s tie at home to Queens Park Rangers.

Welsh forward Harris, who grabbed his side’s second in that remarkable comeback in Staffordshire, has urged his side to utilise that momentum going into this tie against Mark Warburton’s men, with the R’s going winless in their last three competitive games.

He said to the BBC: “We should be higher up the table, of course we should.

“You have seen from the last 40 minutes [at Stoke], we can’t be down there for long with the spirit we have got. We won’t throw the towel in, there’s no chance of that.

“We have got momentum from that [comeback] and we have got to keep it going.”

The Verdict:

Although the Bluebirds should be competing in a much higher position considering the quality of players they have, you can see why they have struggled in the last month after going on their losing streak.

Not only were McCarthy’s tactics holding them back, playing with five centre-backs at different points and leaving Moore isolated up top, but their summer window was also reasonably poor.

They weren’t expected to have recruited last season’s loanee Harry Wilson after seeing him thrive once again in the second tier during the 2020/21 campaign.

However, they failed to replace the former Liverpool man adequately and perhaps didn’t do enough to address other areas with the departure of Joe Bennett on the expiration of his contract, with the 31-year-old being a reliable servant at the Cardiff City Stadium in recent years.

Josh Murphy’s loan departure to Championship rivals Preston North End was also strange.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any money available for a new manager to spend during the January window, which could potentially lead to the sale of prized Kieffer Moore after finding himself the subject of a £7m bid from Wolves in the summer.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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