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Warnock talks ‘tough’ Norwich City test and his good relationship with Delia Smith

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Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has admitted he expects a tough challenge when the Bluebirds travel to Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Bluebirds have lost two on the spin after suffering defeats to both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa in succession.

Cardiff will look for a swift response on Saturday, however Neil Warnock has admitted it won’t be easy against what is a very strong Canaries side at Carrow Road.

“I think I tipped Norwich, Middlesbrough and Derby to go up. I thought they would be very close and they will be disappointed but they’re capable of beating anyone.

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“I watched them demolish Villa and they played very, very well that day. It will be tough but we have to go down there and enjoy it.”

The 69 year-old also spoke of his close relationship with Norwich’s majority shareholder Delia Smith ahead of Saturday’s trip to East Anglia.

“It’s a good stadium and it will be a good crowd. I get on well with Delia and I’m sure we will have a chat on Saturday. She’s done well for them and we are trying to get where they’ve been. They’re a family orientated club.”


Warnock was upbeat after the loss to Aston Villa and he believes the Bluebirds are a very good footballing side, and revealed he was feeling down after his side missed two last-gasp penalties in the narrow loss to Wolves.

“The other night I though ‘wow! what a side we are’. There aren’t many tweaks I need here. I thought, ‘it’s a good club to be in at the minute’.

“You always get fans whose glasses are half empty and the others are half full. To the ones who are half full, keep going, and for the half empty, there’s not much you can do for them!

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“Where we’ve come from in the last 18 months, it’s remarkable to be sat here with five games to go. Enjoy it and don’t get so down.

Cardiff now face five Cup finals, starting with Norwich City and the pressure is firmly on with Fulham now in second, but the Bluebirds boss just wants the players to relish the challenge and enjoy the remainder of the season.

“You can talk a lot about everything but it’s actions now, you’ve got to do it on the pitch.

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“The IT guys, looking at the opposition, I think they’ve been fantastic. We’ve had a game plan for everyone. One or two have backfired but that’s football.

“I want the players to play with freedom and that’s how we’re looking at it. I can’t fault the team spirit and it’s one of the best, if not the best, I’ve ever worked with.

“We know we are a decent team and we have to revel in it now, we can’t fear it.”

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