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'The pressure's on Fulham', says Cardiff boss

24 July 2020

Neil Harris believes his Cardiff City team enter the Play-Offs as "the form side" and says the pressure is on their opponents, Fulham, ahead of the first leg of their Semi-Final.

The Bluebirds head into Monday's clash in South Wales on the back of a three-game winning run, and having picked up six victories since the Championship restarted.

Harris says that having come this far, his players are in it to win it, but that objective won't stop them enjoying the experience against their fourth-placed opponents.

"We are the form side in the Play-Offs, but the league table doesn't lie," he told BBC Sport Wales.

"The message is clear now. We get into the Play-Offs and extend our season when everyone else is on holiday and you do that for one reason only and that's to win. No other reason.

"There is a little bit of pressure on us but there is huge pressure on Fulham, a team that should be in the Premier League with the money that they have spent and even now are spending. We will go and enjoy it."

Cardiff were joined in the Play-Offs on the final day of the season by rivals Swansea City, who pipped Nottingham Forest to sixth spot in dramatic fashion.

Harris admits he didn't expect the Swans to book their place in the Semi-Finals, but added that Cardiff have the "most passionate fanbase in the Play-Offs."

"I didn't see that happening, that we would both get in the Play-Offs, I just couldn't see us both getting there. I just couldn't see it. But both Welsh clubs deserve it," he added.

"I would have liked our fans to have been there. We would have had a sell-out and they would have carried us through. They deserve a special mention. We might feel the loss of fans more in the Play-Offs.

"We do now lose something not having the fans. No disrespect to the other teams, but we have the most passionate fanbase of the teams in the Play-Offs. Teams would fear coming here and maybe we wouldn't feel the same way going away."

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