The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

CARDIFF City’s head coach Paul Trol­lope wants his play­ers to use the pres­sure they are un­der to fuel bet­ter per­for­mances and move up the league.

Pres­sure has been grow­ing on the play­ers, and Trol­lope him­self, af­ter a poor start to the Blue­birds’ sea­son. They had won just one of their first seven league games ahead of this week­end.

Trol­lope, who took over from Rus­sell Slade in May, apol­o­gised to fans on Tues­day night af­ter los­ing 3-0 to Pre­ston but said the squad were fully fo­cused on turn­ing their form around.

“We need to turn that pres­sure into a pos­i­tive feel­ing,” he said.

“There are prob­a­bly four or five Cham­pi­onship teams in the bot­tom half with greater ex­pec­ta­tions, our­selves be­ing one of them. You have to look at your­self and get your own house in or­der and that’s our fo­cus.

“We’ve got some busi­ness to put right af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing cou­ple of weeks, mak­ing sure we’re fresh, we play with hunger, a big de­sire and we’re tac­ti­cally ready as well.”

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