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The Cardiff City dilemmas McCarthy will be facing ahead of tonight’s clash with Rotherham

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Cardiff City will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Championship when they return to action on Tuesday evening. 

The Bluebirds picked up their first win in their last nine matches in all competitions, and they’ll be eager to put together a positive run of results at the earliest of opportunities.

Cardiff are currently sat 14th in the second-tier standings, and are six points clear of the relegation zone, with a drop into League One still a possibility, with the teams below them picking up much-needed points in recent weeks.

The win over Bristol City at the weekend will give the squad a real boost heading into their match against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium, in what is likely to be a closely-fought battle between the two teams.

Mick McCarthy has seen a glimpse of his squad can do when they’re at their best, and he’ll be hoping he can see his side pick up another win against the Millers on Tuesday.

But the newly-appointed Cardiff City manager could be facing some dilemmas heading into the game against Rotherham, which could have an impact on whether they make it back-to-back wins.

The main dilemma that the Bluebirds boss is facing heading into this one is whether to make any changes at all to the team that were so impressive in the win against Bristol City.

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Squad rotation is key, and McCarthy won’t be wanting to lose any of his players through injury heading into the second-half of this year’s campaign.

But at the same time, he’ll be eager to find some consistency in his starting XI moving forward, as any manager will be keen to play his best players in every match during a season, especially off the back of such a strong performance at the weekend.

Another dilemma that McCarthy could be facing is whether to change his team’s formation for the game against Rotherham United.

McCarthy opted to play five men in defence, with Joe Bennett and Perry Ng operating as full-backs in the Cardiff team, which worked well against an attack-minded Bristol City team at Ashton Gate.

But they’ll be faced with a different prospect on Tuesday evening, as Rotherham are likely to setup in a more defence-minded formation.

So you have to question whether McCarthy needs to play five in defence once again, when he could have a player with the creative ability that Harry Wilson has in his starting XI.

The on-loan Liverpool midfielder has started the last three matches on the substitutes bench, but is likely to be pushing for a start against the Millers at the New York Stadium.

A win for Mick McCarthy’s side would see them move ahead of Millwall, Preston North End and Barnsley in the Championship table, which will make for much more comfortable reading for the Cardiff City supporters, who will be looking nervously over their shoulders at this moment in time, with relegation certainly not out of the equation.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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