Game a must win for Cardiff and Fulham - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Cardiff City's relegation showdown with fellow strugglers Fulham is a game both sides need to win.

Cardiff City and Fulham face each other in a clash of the Premier League strugglers on Saturday.

Fulham are currently bottom of the league, while the Bluebirds are only one place above of them by a solitary point in 19th place.

"Neither team want a draw, both need a win," said Solskjaer.

"That is the nature of the game, listening to the radio coming in and it was all about the pressure being on Cardiff because we are at home.

"I would rather play here than at Craven Cottage.

"We have the home advantage, so that is something to brings with us."

Solskjaer will pit his wits against a manager, Felix Magath, who he met in Oslo in 1995 and tried to sign him for Hamburg before he signed for Manchester United.

Magath, the first German to manage in the Premier League, replaced Rene Meulensteen - who was only in charge for 17 matches - at Craven Cottage on 14 February.

Cardiff, who had ten players away on international duty this week, are only one point ahead of Fulham in the league table.

The Londoners are in a similar position to Cardiff, having sacked two, not one, managers this season.

Meulensteen and his predecessor Martin Jol, who was dismissed in December, were both sacked by the club.

But Solskjaer says the words of his former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson are his inspiration ahead of crucial clash for Cardiff's survival hopes.

"My old manager used to say that it was at half-time and during the game that you earn your money," said Solskjaer.

"You have to see thing and might have to change things after five minutes or ten minutes.

"You prepare in one way and you might have tactically to change things."

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