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Blues in for a scrap in the Welsh capital

Blues in for a scrap in the Welsh capital

Garry Monk couldn`t have asked for a more difficult start to his reign as Blues manager. After a narrow defeat at home to Middlesboro on Tuesday, Monk will take charge of his first away fixture against second-placed Cardiff City tomorrow.

If a Boro team managed by Tony Pulis were tough, a Cardiff side led by Neil Warnock will be tougher.

Having beaten Cardiff at St. Andrews in Steve Cotterill`s first game, Blues will know that the Bluebirds are beatable. But, as Cardiff push for automatic promotion, they will dig in, fight, scrap and battle for every single ball.

Warnock`s teams always do the ugly stuff extremely well so coming away from the Welsh capital with anything at all would be a bonus for Monk`s men.

Should Blues suffer a seventh successive loss tomorrow, it`ll be premature to look too much into it. The fixtures which follow will be season defining - Hull and Ipswich at home, Bolton away, Burton at home. Obviously, football isn`t always this simple, but 12 points will be there for the taking which could go a long way towards survival - or hammer a nail in the blue and white coffin.

I`m going to be the ultimate pessimist and predict another defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium. But I`ll be gritting my teeth in the hope that other results fall in our favour.

If that happens, Blues will have nine games to have a right good go.

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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Friday March 9 2018
Time: 9:33AM


A straight seventh defeat would kill us off.Not just the precarious position in the league,but the humiliation that goes with it.My view is that we will not be beaten at Cardiff,but whether a point is sufficient is not clear.Cardiff are down to the bare bones with injuries,but even if we were playing against nine players-we simply cannot score goals. Monk has by now seen all the players and I hope he has seen a little gem somewhere even in the form of Macfarlane or dare I say it-Storer.Juke and Gallagher may seem the obvious choices but with our state of play sometimes the unthinkable is sometimes the saviour.
09/03/2018 14:06:00
Normally, given relative league positions and current form, there is only one possible result. For some reason, I have a "feeling" that we will get something tomorrow. Cannot imagine 7 straight defeats. There is also the Swansea/Cardiff undercurrent with GM. Most of all, it would be typical Blues.... Prediction: 1-1 setting us up nicely for the following 4 season defining games.
09/03/2018 18:17:00
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