Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cardiff City V Boro at the Cardiff City Stadium (Npower Championship) Tonight at 5.15pm THE BIG MATCH

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cardiff City V Boro at the Cardiff City Stadium (Npower Championship) Tonight at 5.15pm THE BIG MATCH

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KNOW THE FORM KNOW THE FORM BORO tackle the Bluebirds full of confidence after losing just one of their last 10 games.

They have done it despite a frustrating string of injuries which has forced Tony Mowbray to chop and change his starting line-up.

Boro have been scoring plenty of goals, too, despite losing Leroy Lita for several weeks with a hamstring problem.

Lita is back now, and with Scott McDonald in training again following a similar injury, Boro's goal threat is as strong as ever.

Mowbray intends to field his strongest possible line-up and Boro need to draw on all their experience to tighten up, having conceded 16 goals in their last 10 games.

THE THINGS WE SAY THE THINGS WE SAY SKIPPER Matthew Bates dismissed the theory that Boro will be in holiday mood tonight.

"We aren't the kind of team which switches on and off," he insisted.

"And you have to remember that our game at Cardiff is massive for Norwich as well.

"You must have respect for everybody in this league. "That's not to mention our own pride, plus the fact that the game is live on Sky and the whole country is watching.

"So Cardiff won't be a typical end of season game.

"It's a must win game for Cardiff for a start. "It's important for their promotion hopes and so it will be a feisty game.

"We need to be right if we are to compete and I think we will."

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT PLAYER SPOTLIGHT RHYS Williams has earned special praise from Tony Mowbray this week for his ability to play in any outfield position.

His 'Mr Versatility' tag ensures that Williams will be a regular team member next season.

But no doubt Williams will be looking for stability in one particular position, so he can fully concentrate on the given role.

Tonight Williams is expected to switch from centre-back to midfield, which is the position where he broke through as a Boro regular last season.

Clearly, one of these two positions will eventually become Williams' regular one.

KNOW THE FORM KNOW THE FORM THE Bluebirds have put themselves firmly back into promotion contention by staying unbeaten in their last eight games.

Following a surprise 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on March 8, Dave Jones's men have won five and drawn three.

Last time out the Welshmen recorded a battling 1-0 win at Preston on Monday, which condemned the Lilywhites to relegation.

Now Cardiff are looking to beat Boro tonight and win at Burnley on Saturday, and hope that major rivals Norwich City slip up.

The Canaries are in action at Portsmouth later tonight, kicking off at 7.45pm, and entertain Coventry City in their final game.

THE THINGS THEY SAY THE THINGS THEY SAY DEFENDER Jlloyd Samuel has warned his Cardiff team-mates to learn from their stressful promotion push because the heat is on every week in the Premier League. …

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