Cardiff City fight 'will go to final day', says Stoke's Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes believes Cardiff City's Premier League relegation battle will last until they host Chelsea on the final day of the season.

Cardiff face Jose Mourinho's title-chasers on Sunday, 11 May in the top-flight's final round.

"There's a lot of teams making statements and trying to get out of similar situations that they find themselves in," said Stoke boss Hughes.

Cardiff's run-in

  • Sun 27 April: v Sunderland (A)
  • Sat 3 May: v Newcastle (A)
  • Sun 11 May: v Chelsea (H)

"So I think it will go to the last weekend."

Former Wales and Manchester United star Hughes saw his Potters side draw 1-1 at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.

Hughes disputed the penalty award from which Peter Whittingham levelled to earn Cardiff their point.

But Hughes left the Welsh capital hoping opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's belief in their survival chances can be borne out.

Cardiff travel to Sunderland and Newcastle on successive weekends before facing Chelsea.

"I think it will go to the wire," said Hughes.

"I think it's a difficult situation and obviously you wish them well.

Hughes says Cardiff penalty was 'soft'

"The game's over now - as a Welshman you'd like Cardiff to stay in the league.

"I think it's important for the club and the area. So I hope they do, but it's going to be difficult."

Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie spent four months at Cardiff City during this campaign before he and Kenwyne Jones were swapped by the clubs.

A foul by Kim Bo-Kyung on Odemwingie allowed Marko Arnautovic to open the scoring from the penalty spot.

After Steven Nzonzi's trip on Fraizer Campbell, Whittingham levelled.

Afterwards Odemwingie said he had good memories from his short stint at Cardiff and hopes they can stay in the Premier League.

He says Cardiff can gain inspiration from Crystal Palace's season in which they have been transformed from strugglers to 11th spot with five successive wins.

"You take examples like Crystal Palace - they won games that they didn't expect to win," said Odemwingie.

"I think in a few games you can see Cardiff were unlucky - away at Everton, at Spurs.

"If they can do that [perform well and win] in the next games… [they could perhaps win] two wins out of three games.

"If anyone says it's impossible there's no need to play in the Premier League. I think it is possible [for Cardiff to survive]."