Cardiff City manager refuses to admit defeat in chase for play-off spot

Cardiff lost to Brentford last night, but their manager is not giving up hope of a play-off place just yet.

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade insists he has not given up hope of reaching the Championship play-offs, despite their 2-1 loss to Brentford last night leaving them six points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday with just three games to play.

The Bluebirds travel to the Owls at the end of the month in a game that has the potential to be a play-off decider and Slade told BBC Sport that he feels his side still have a chance, while urging the Cardiff fans to stick with his side.

"We're still in the fight and there could be another twist in the tail," he said. "Stay with us, we'll keep fighting and the one thing you never do is give up."

On paper, the Sheffield club have the tougher run-in, with two of their last three games away from home, including a trip to Derby County at the weekend.

Cardiff are set to play already relegated Bolton Wanderers at home on the same day, and will be hoping to make inroads into Wednesday's lead over them.

One crucial factor that leans heavily in the Owls favour is their considerably superior goal difference.

One things is for sure, if Cardiff have any hopes at all of reaching the play-off spots, they must take nine points from their final three fixtures, and Slade finished off by telling BBC Sport that they will not be giving up as long as there is a mathematical chance:

"Realistically it's a small chance, but whilst it's a chance we shall keep plugging away."

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