A crucial month lies ahead for Cardiff City, and home form is essential

Craig Bellamy for Cardiff

Cardiff picked up a vital win on Saturday at home to Norwich, to give them their first win in eight Premier League games.

The result lifted them off the bottom of the table, and they now need to continue picking up points, in what is a vital month for the club.

The Bluebirds have three more home games in February, with one of those an FA Cup tie against holders Wigan.

The only away game is Saturday evening’s trip to rivals Swansea in the Welsh derby, a mouth-watering clash which both sides desperately to win.

After Swansea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men entertain Aston Villa on Tuesday 11th, followed by the FA Cup weekend, and then another vital home game against Hull City to end the month on.

Cardiff go into these games needing wins, and they can be confident of achieving them, after a strong start to the month against Norwich at the weekend.

The Welsh club haven’t had the best of seasons, and they have struggled at both ends of the pitch. They’ve conceded 41 goals in the league already, with only Fulham shipping more.

While they have only managed to find the net 19 times in 24 games - a poor record that they must now improve on.

The deadline day signings will give the team a much-needed boost, especially after their debut performances on Saturday. Kenwyne Jones scored what turned out to be the winner, with Wilfried Zaha getting the assist for the first goal.

A busy end to the transfer window saw Cardiff bring in Fabio and Kenwyne Jones on permanent deals, with Wilfried Zaha joining on loan for the rest of the season.

The trio look set to play an important role in trying to maintain the Bluebirds Premier League status this season.

Solskjaer will know that they have a huge chance to climb out of the bottom three this month with two more home fixtures to be played. They need to rely on home games now and improve on the four wins earned at the Cardiff City Stadium so far.

Craig Bellamy criticised the home fans for booing on Saturday and was disappointed with the reaction from the crowd: “I've never heard the crowd like that - that's not the club I'm from," he said.

Bellamy scored the equaliser, after Wilfried Zaha made an immediate impact after coming off the bench, teeing up Bellamy just four minutes into his debut.

Zaha’s arrival is a huge boost to Solskjaer’s team, as his pace and creativity offers them something they’ve missed all season.

Zaha is a tremendous player, and has a chance to prove himself in the Premier League now, after struggling to make his way into David Moyes’ plans at Old Trafford.

The Cardiff boss has gone as far as comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo: “He has quick feet like Cristiano, he is brave like Cristiano and wants to go forward," Solskjaer said.

Saturday’s Welsh derby is a huge occasion for both clubs, and Cardiff have the chance to complete a famous double over the Swans. They must pick up points in their fixtures this month, as failure to win again in February would leave Cardiff in real trouble.

 

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