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An 'uphill battle' for Cardiff, says Harris

28 July 2020

Cardiff City manager Neil Harris knows his side will have to overcome a tough task if they are to reach the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final.

The Bluebirds trail 2-0 going into Thursday's Semi-Final second leg against Fulham, after losing on home soil in the first leg, following goals from Josh Onomah and Neeskens Kebano.

Harris spoke to the media ahead of their trip to London and says that, despite the odds, his players' chances should not be written off.

"In the first 25 minutes we were excellent," he said. "I thought we moved the ball really well but we've got to take one of our opportunities. 

"In Play-Off games, when you're on top, you've got to take your chances. After the drinks break, Fulham adjusted their shape and were better.

"Then we never really got going in the second half. They pressed much better and made it difficult for us.

"It's an uphill battle, but we'll go there with spirit. We've been written off time and time again and we've come back stronger."

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Having started brightly in the first leg, Harris and Cardiff will be looking to draw first blood at Craven Cottage.

Should they manage to do so, the City boss believes his side are capable of producing what would be a memorable comeback to reach the Final.

"It's a quick turnaround and the first goal is going to be key on Thursday," he added.

"Mentally, we prepare and recover from this [the first leg]. With the players and camaraderie we've got, we're capable of clawing this back."

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with updates also available via Twitter (@SkyBetChamp). Kick-off is at 7:45pm.


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