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‘Cardiff are not Real Madrid’ – Preston boss Alex Neil quietly confident ahead of meeting with unbeaten Bluebirds

Cardiff City travel North to face Preston on Tuesday evening as they look to protect their unbeaten start tot he season.

The Bluebirds lost their 100% record on the road against Fulham on the weekend but they did manage to come from behind to grab a point.

Danny Ward’s late goal ensured Neil Warnock’s men remained confident ahead of a tough trip to Preston North End.

Preston have enjoyed a steady start to the season under new manager Alex Neil with nine points from their first six games.

And the former Norwich City boss, speaking to the Lancashire Post, is feeling quietly confident ahead of Tuesday’ night’s tough clash with table-toppers Cardiff.

“I don’t think it is going to be one for the football purist if I’m being honest,” said Neil.

“It is going to be a hard-fought game with both sides going toe to toe.

“The game will be different to a point than Barnsley was on Saturday. Cardiff I think will be more aggressive in their starting positions than Barnsley were.

“They also have a bigger presence up top which is something we have to handle.”

Cardiff have a record of shipping goals at Deepdale with three of their last five trips finishing 3-0, 3-0 and 6-0 to the home side.

Last season, the Bluebirds shipped three goals in a shocking display on a grim Tuesday evening.

And Neil Warnock will be hoping for much better from his in form team this time around, but Alex Neil says his team won’t be phased by their unbeaten opponents.

“Our approach is the same as it has been for every game,” said the former Norwich boss.

“If we have the bulk of play they will have to defend, if we don’t and they impose their style on us then we are going to have to defend.

“It is as if we are talking about Cardiff as if they are Real Madrid.

“They are a decent side and have started the season well but I don’t think they are any great stakes in terms of being miles better than anyone else in the league.”

The Bluebirds currently sit two points clear of second placed Leeds in the Sky Bet Championship and the top two remain the only unbeaten teams in the league.

The trip to Preston is the first of a difficult run of fixtures for Neil Warnock’s men, but they will be desperate not to lose their unbeaten record at Deepdale on Tuesday evening.