We can’t get car­ried away

Western Mail - - SPORT - Ian Mitchel­more Sports writer ian.mitchel­more@waleson­line.co.uk

Neil Warnock has moved to dampen down sky-high ex­pec­ta­tion as Cardiff City re­sume hos­til­i­ties in the Cham­pi­onship with a trip to strug­glers Birm­ing­ham City tonight.

Cardiff are at the sum­mit of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble ahead of their clash at St An­drew’s and know vic­tory against Steve Cot­ter­ill’s side will see them re­main firmly on top of the pile.

If that should hap­pen, it will con­tinue a su­perb start to the sea­son which has seen the Blue­birds sur­prise pun­dits and fuel dreams of a re­turn to the Premier League for fans.

But Warnock is urg­ing sup­port­ers and his play­ers to re­main grounded and to sim­ply en­joy the fact the Blue­birds are lead­ing the way in Eng­land’s sec­ond tier.

“I said to our lot, let’s en­joy it and don’t worry about where we are while we’re there,” said Warnock.

“We’ve got quite good ex­pe­ri­ence around the place and we’ve brought some fresh legs in as well so it’s a mat­ter of just en­joy­ing it. I don’t think there’s any ex­pec­ta­tion on us.

“I look at teams in the league, and even in the bot­tom half, there’s some big teams.

“I don’t think our fans ex­pected any­thing other than try­ing to get into the play-offs so I won’t let any­body get car­ried away.

“Even our fans, I don’t mind them dream­ing but we won’t get car­ried away.

“That’s why you don’t get too up when you’re win­ning and you can’t get too down when you lose a few. The glass is al­ways half full for me.”

Warnock con­firmed that sum­mer sign­ings Lee Camp and Cal­lum Pater­son won’t face Birm­ing­ham, but added that the pair are very close to be­ing avail­able for se­lec­tion.

It means that long-term ab­sen­tees Rhys Healey, Kadeem Har­ris and Jazz Richards are the only play­ers cur­rently on the treat­ment ta­ble.

Mean­while, Swansea City boss Paul Cle­ment looks set to be with­out sum­mer sign­ings Wil­fried Bony and Re­nato Sanches for his side’s clash with Hud­der­s­field Town at the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

Sanches linked up with Por­tu­gal’s se­nior side dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break, although he did not fea­ture for the Euro 2016 cham­pi­ons who se­cured their place at next year’s World Cup in Rus­sia with a 2-0 win against Switzer­land.

And Bony is rated at 50:50 to start for the Swans against the Ter­ri­ers after ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort while away on in­ter­na­tional duty with Ivory Coast.

“Re­nato Sanches is a big doubt, he picked up a mi­nor thigh strain train­ing with Por­tu­gal,” said Cle­ment.

“It looks like it will rule him out on Satur­day.

“We are mon­i­tor­ing Wil­fried closely, he re­joined train­ing to­day. We will have to as­sess him over the next cou­ple of days and see how he is.”

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