Cardiff City boss Neil Harris has said his squad are fully aware of the importance of Sunday’s South Wales Derby against Swansea, adding that “no one wants to lose” the game.
The Bluebirds take on their biggest rivals for the second time this season, looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat to Steve Cooper’s side in October at the Liberty Stadium.
It also represents Harris’ first experience of the occasion as Cardiff boss, and the 42-year-old said that he is fully focused on the challenge this Sunday.
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“This is why I came to manage Cardiff City, to come and manage big games and it doesn’t get more important than this,” he told Wales Online.
He added that it will be a tough test against the Swans, who lead the head-to-head with 28 wins compared to Cardiff’s 22.
“It’s a tough fixture, Swansea have some good players. I’m fully aware of the record and the result from the corresponding fixture, and that brings pressure.”
The Bluebirds have lost their last two games against Swansea and have won just three times against them in all competitions since March 1997.
Cardiff have just one win in their last six league games, but will also be taking into consideration Swansea’s previous result – a 5-1 hammering against Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup 3rd round last weekend.
Neil Harris’s side sit in 12th place, and a win will take his side to within one point of Swansea.
This game could be vital for Neil Harris to win some fans back over after a series of disappointing performances. A result could get the club’s season back on track.
In stark contrast to the 2-2 draw against Carlisle United in the FA Cup last weekend, the Cardiff City Stadium should be packed for the visit of their rivals.