Neil Warnock urges Cardiff players to embrace Premier League challenge

Neil Warnock wants Cardiff to “take the Premier League onboard and enjoy it” as he prepares for a fearsome set of fixtures.

Cardiff, without a league goal since Sean Morrison scored against Championship opponents Hull four months ago, were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Norwich on Tuesday.

And after two goalless draws and a 2-0 defeat in their opening three Premier League games, Cardiff next face Arsenal on Sunday, followed by appointments with Chelsea and champions Manchester City.

“It will be so difficult for us in the next few weeks, but we’ve got a great bunch, a great set of fans and we’ve just got to enjoy it,” City manager Warnock said.

“I’ve got to come up with a recipe to give our fans something to cheer about during the game.

“I think we’ve got to do the best we can to get the crowd on their feet. That’s what we are here for, that’s what we got promoted for, and I don’t think we should miss out on that.

“We’ve got to take the Premier League onboard and enjoy it.”

Warnock, meanwhile, has confirmed that winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing suffered a posterior cruciate ligament knee injury during the draw at Huddersfield last weekend, meaning an anticipated three-month absence.

And Mendez-Laing’s fellow winger Junior Hoilett, who missed the Huddersfield clash because of a groin problem, is battling to be fit for Arsenal’s Cardiff City Stadium visit.

Warnock added: “We are crossing our fingers now, treating him (Hoilett) with kid gloves.

“I’m hoping he will train on Friday. If he’s anywhere near, he will play (against Arsenal) because that’s the kind of lad he is, but I won’t risk him if he is not.”

Derby rivals Ipswich are next up for Norwich, and head coach Daniel Farke said of the 3-1 victory over Cardiff: “I’m totally happy. It was a well-deserved win.

“It was a good performance. We had everything under control from the first to the last second.

“It’s always dangerous against Cardiff with all their set-pieces. They are always a threat and they score out of them, so it was important we kept possession and that we controlled the game and kept them away from our own goal.”

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