Next Match: away to Crystal Palace, December 07
Malky Mackay insists there is no extra pressure on his Cardiff side as they prepare to face fellow strugglers Stoke. Despite picking up impressive results against Manchester United, Manchester City and Swansea so far this term, a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend dropped the Bluebirds to 17th in the table, three points above the drop zone. That leaves them level with Mark Hughes' Potters ahead of Wednesday evening's Britannia Stadium clash, with a trip to Crystal Palace to follow on Saturday. But when asked whether these two games could end up proving defining moments in Cardiff's season, manager Mackay said: "The gap between the bottom right up to 10th is minute, and I don't see that changing between now and the end of the season. I have said before that with two weeks to go last season 10 teams could still have been relegated. It's about us picking up points and keeping that belief. It is a long-term view I am taking and the group have got belief they can perform at this level, compete at this level and pick up points."