Cardiff City host Wigan Athletic on Saturday on the back of two consecutive Championship wins.
Neil Harris has previously hailed the importance of closing the gap on the top six this week, a period that sees them face three bottom-half sides, and they’ve picked up six points so far.
They will be pushing to make it nine from nine on Saturday but know that this Wigan team are no pushovers.
Harris spoke to the press earlier today and addressed a number of issues in the build-up to tomorrow’s game.
Here are the main talking points…
Speaking to Wales Online, the Bluebirds boss was full of praise for Saturday’s opponents, suggesting that they were good value for their recent victory against Leeds United.
He added: “They’ve got individual players who can cause you problems, but we focus on ourselves.”
On the play-offs
Harris suggested that his side’s play-off aspirations were more realistic now than they were a week ago and that the sides above them will be looking over their should if they beat Wigan.
He hinted that his side ranked among the top sides in the division, referencing the victory against West Bromwich Albion, the come back against Leeds United, and going toe-to-toe with the likes of Millwall and Preston.
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On signings and departees
Harris also addressed the exit of Lee Peltier, who joined West Bromwich Albion in January, and praised him for his service to the club.
He revealed that the driving motivation in his exit was the high chance of playing Premier League football next year and moving closer to his family home, while the contract situation gave the Bluebirds little say in the matter.
He also suggested that Bournemouth loanee Brad Smith is up to speed and in the reckoning for the game against the Latics, while Wolves loanee Dion Sanderson is “fit and athletic and he is ready to come in if required”.
Harris added that young defender Cameron Coxe needed to go out on loan to get some first-team football somewhere.
Harris revealed that his squad was in great shape injury-wise and had come through the game in midweek “unscathed”.
He also provided a positive update on the fitness of midfielder Joe Ralls but revealed that the Wigan game was too soon for his return.