SIMON GRAYSON wants his players to revel in the challenge of tackling Cardiff tonight and said: “There is no pressure on us.”
It’s the club’s first Championship outing in 11 years and comes on the back of a Wembley promotion and seven new arrivals into the senior squad.
The manager has five players back from international duty – Cardiff were without eight for their midweek Capital One Cup defeat – and he wants to see a big improvement from the performance at Preston and a marker put down for the home games to come next week against Nottingham Forest (Tuesday) and Burnley (tomorrow week).
“It is a tough game for us, but they are all tough at this level and I’m looking for the boys to enjoy the experience,” said Grayson.
“We are looking forward to this first game and there is no pressure on us, because everyone is thinking it will be a Cardiff City home win.
“We are going there to relish the challenge in front of us and while the preparation hasn’t been ideal in terms of players being away, this is what we are here for.
“The Championship has always been our No1 priority andanything else which comes along in terms of the cups is just a bonus.”