Barnsley vs Cardiff City

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Cardiff City Stadium, March 13, 3pm

CARDIFF clearly did not want to be the nearly men again given their audacious loan swoop for Craig Bellamy.

Missing out on promotion in the play off final could have derailed the Bluebirds’ lofty ambitions but they have picked up exactly where they left off last term.

Attacking strength remains with the likes of Jay Bothroyd, Peter Whittingham and Michael Chopra supported by loanees Bellamy and Jon Parkin and Cardiff should not be far away come May.

MANAGER

ALONG with their quality packed squad, Cardiff have one of the most reliable managers in the Championship.

But with the heavy investment made at the South Wales club, will the likeable Dave Jones still have a job should he fail to bring the promotion the Bluebirds crave?

The 54-year-old has been on the journey to the top flight before, having taken Wolves up through the play offs.

He went close to a repeat with Cardiff last season but lost the play off final to Blackpool but will he hoping to avoid it altogether by chasing down second place.