Dave Jones believes the weight of expectation on Cardiff has increased following his side's first-leg victory over Leicester in the Coca-Cola Championship play-off semi-final.
A superb second-half free-kick from Peter Whittingham ensured Cardiff will defend a slender 1-0 lead in the Welsh capital in the second leg on Wednesday night.
The Bluebirds were slight favourites to reach the Wembley showpiece on May 22 heading into the tie and have put themselves in a strong position with their home leg still to come.
"I think it adds extra pressure being ahead going into the second game. People will be expecting us to finish the job now," said Cardiff boss Jones.
"But we have only got a foot in the door, we need to make sure that we close it.
"Semi-finals and finals are life-changing events for football clubs - for the whole football club whether you are players or the girls that work in the canteen - because they get you where you want to be.
"In this case, they can get us into a division where everyone wants to play and which everyone watches.
"But we are just focussed on Leicester. There have been no high-fives or back-slapping in our dressing room, we know we still have a lot of hard work to do.
"It was about digging in here and we are going to have to do that again on Wednesday night."
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