Signings key to Warnock hopes

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock is determined to try and bring in a number of new players in January to give his side the best chance possible of escaping relegation.

The Bluebirds were beaten 3-1 at West Ham on Tuesday evening, with a missed first-half penalty from Joe Ralls proving costly as the hosts scored three times inside 12 second-half minutes to put the game to bed.

Afterwards, Warnock admitted that it will be vital to try and bring in some reinforcements next month, with midfield and attack his main areas of concern.

He told reporters: "It's an important part January and I'm hoping we can get three or four to help the lads that are here, because we've shown that we can compete.

"If I didn't get another defender, it wouldn't worry me.

"More importantly we've got to have someone up our sleeve if something happens to (Aron) Gunnarsson and we've got to have a striker as we can't ask Callum Paterson to keep doing it."

The Bluebirds failed to win any of their first seven Premier League games of the season, but have since secured three victories in seven further outings – defeating Fulham, Brighton and Wolves.

City are back in action on Saturday when they welcome Southampton to the Cardiff City Stadium.

The last meeting between the two sides in South Wales, on Boxing Day in 2013, finished 3-0 to the visitors, with Jay Rodriguez (2) and Rickie Lambert scoring inside the opening 27 minutes of the match.

Cardiff are available at 9/5 to secure victory on Saturday, with the draw priced at 11/5 and a 2-2 final scoreline a 16/1 shot.

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Gunnarsson ready for Premier League return

Cardiff City's Aron Gunnarsson says there is a togetherness within the squad that can help them as they return to the Premier League.

The Bluebirds first season in the Premier League back in 2013-14 ended in instant relegation back to the Championship.

Gunnarsson scored their first goal then, in the 3-2 win over Manchester City, a rare highlight in a disappointing season.

However, Neil Warnock's side are back and Gunnarsson, returning from World Cup 2018 duty with Iceland, is ready for the challenge.

He says that those teams that have gone up and thrived are an example for Cardiff to follow as they seek to avoid another instant relegation.

He told the club's official website: "You look at the teams who have worked their way up like Bournemouth and Burnley, and it's about creating a togetherness in the team to go that extra mile for success and I can see that in our players.

"They're willing to go that extra mile and do anything to get that success and I'm hopeful we can stick together as a team and make that happen.

"The professionalism in this squad is second to none and we know what is expected of us. We know our strengths and we need to build on that. We've got a lot of leaders at this club and that's only a good thing."

The Bluebirds play their final pre-season fixture, at home to Real Betis before getting their Premier League season underway at AFC Bournemouth next Saturday.

They are 11/4 for the win, Eddie Howe's side are 19/20 with the draw 5/2.

Their first home game back in the top flight is a week later when Newcastle United are the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium.
Cardiff are 4/6 to be relegated at the end of the season while they are 16/1 to finish in the top half.

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