Norwich City next on hit list for buoyant Cardiff
Norwich City have been given a chilling warning as to what to expect from their trip to South Wales tomorrow.
The Canaries face a Cardiff City side who have already disposed of the two teams that came up with them last season – Millwall and, on Tuesday, Leeds.
Now their sights are on Paul Lambert's men as they bid to topple QPR from top spot – and make up for last year's play-off final disappointment when they were beaten by underdogs Blackpool.
If proof of their credentials were needed, it came at Elland Road, according to midfielder Chris Burke.
'I think the Leeds game sent out a message, especially with it being on TV,' he said. 'Other teams will be watching and can see what we are all about. Hopefully now we are a force to be reckoned with.
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'Elland Road is always a difficult place to go and to get a victory – and a convincing one at that – was fantastic.
'We had to work hard to get it, but we played some of our best football, especially going forward. We are not very far away from being the best attacking side in the division.
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'We are a good team to watch and, when we attack, we attack with pace. We punish teams when they lose the ball. We are always chasing the top spot. QPR are still unbeaten in the league, so total credit to them for that. All we can do is keep knocking on the door. But we are aiming for top spot.
'As players we want to be in first place in the division. We are second now, but we want to be top. Our aim is to get promoted and we are in the right place to do that now.'
Missing out on promotion is clearly a motivation, and Burke believes his team are ready to take the next step.
'I'd like to think we are a Premiership side in waiting. I think we are showing signs of it,' he said. 'We have to maintain it now. We have been knocking on the door for a few seasons.
'It is a club that is progressing and I think Cardiff City does deserve now to be in the top flight. Hopefully we are the players who will make that happen.'
City are the next test – and Burke is looking to ensure his team send the Canaries packing.
'Norwich are playing ever so well after coming up,' he said. 'They are a big club with a massive history. They've done really well, but we'll approach it wanting another three points.
'We want to keep doing what we've been doing so far this season.'
City have gone to QPR and come away with a well-deserved point, although the bookies have little confidence in anything but a home win tomorrow.
All the major operators have Cardiff odds on to win, with Norwich as long as 4-1 with some of them – which is probably just how Lambert likes it.
• City supporters helped raise more than �10,000 to fund a memorial for the two Footballers' Battalions on the Somme.
A bucket collection was held by Academy Manager Ricky Martin and his young players at Carrow Road before the fixture against Swansea in August. The cash helped fund a 1.75-metre stone monument in Longueval, northern France, which is dedicated to the memory of 17th and 23rd Middlesex. The memorial was unveiled by Football League Chairman Greg Clarke.