Bellamy out to maintain perfect run with Cardiff
Cardiff captain and ex-Norwich City youth product Craig Bellamy is aiming to keep up a faultless record against his old club in Saturday's Championship clash.
Bellamy played a pivotal role in Cardiff's 4-0 midweek romp at Leeds that rubber stamped the Bluebirds' title credentials – despite continuing concerns over a knee problem. The Welshman has now won all six games he has featured in for his hometown club since a high profile loan switch from Man City.
'I'm feeling good, better than at any stage this season,' he said. 'Last week was the first time after a match I was able to train fully. When I first came to Cardiff I had been injured and I was only able to train seven times in two-and-a-half months. It's been tough, but right now everything feels right.'
Bellamy aims to play a full part in Cardiff's promotion push but admits the club's Elland Road cruise will have heaped extra pressure on the Championship outfit.
'We are a good team with good players,' he said. 'Our win at Leeds was live on television and it was convincing. Now we must build on this.'
Bluebirds' frontman Jay Bothroyd echoed his skipper's sentiments after a brace in Yorkshire took his tally to 11 in 13 games.
'I feel I'm playing better than ever, but it's not about how many goals I score this season,' said Bothroyd. 'I am not thinking about how many goals I can score. I love scoring, but this is a team effort. It doesn't matter who puts the ball in the net. We all know where we want to be next season and promotion is the target.
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'But we cannot get carried away yet. The only match that counts for us right now is Norwich at home on Saturday. But, of course, we are happy with the way things are going. We are playing free-flowing football and that's great.'
Bothroyd believes Cardiff's strength in depth could be the key to their Championship promotion prospects.
'We have a squad good enough to maintain a strong challenge,' he said. 'When we've had injuries and suspensions in recent seasons maybe we just didn't have enough strength in depth. Now we have players on the subs' bench of genuine quality.'
Bothroyd meanwhile has escaped punishment for his tackle on Luciano Becchio during Monday night's win over Leeds.
Bothroyd appeared to catch Becchio on the shin with a late challenge during the first half, although the Leeds striker was able to play out the match.
The tackle went unpunished and the Football Association of Wales have also decided against taking any action, because the referee had seen the challenge.