Relegation battle focus: Cardiff

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Cardiff City haven't endured the worst season in terms of results and shown some glimpses of real quality on the pitch, but they had a fairly nightmarish one it.

Owner Vincent Tan sacked Malky Mackay and is still being harassed for changing the colour of the shirts to red, a wholly unpopular figure at the Cardiff City Stadium despite helping bring Premier League football to South Wales.

Still considered the Bluebirds however, Cardiff have seen a small upturn in fortunes over the last couple of weeks. 

A shock win away against Southampton was added to by somewhat rescuing a point at home to Stoke last Saturday.

Solskjaer will see it as two points dropped though, as Cardiff sit level on points with Fulham with three games to play.

Had they grabbed another goal, they would have been level with Norwich who have games to play against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.

After making some big signings in January, Solskjaer will look for those heads to make themselves counted in the final games of the season.

Sunday's crunch clash at Sunderland on Sunday looks like a must win for the Welsh side, and if they do, they could go above the relegation places depending on other results. 

Cardiff's other fixtures present harder obstacles, including facing Chelsea on the last day of the season.

Although it appears that they won't be fighting for the league by that point given Mourinho's desire to rest players for the Champions League, it will be no easy task to take points.

However, Cardiff could become the second Welsh side in a fortnight to take maximum points from St James Park after Swansea's 2-1 win there last week.

Newcastle have taken their foot off the gas and could present a real opportunity to pick up points. However, Sunderland will be the six pointer that they have their eye on. If they are to avoid the trap door, this is a big game that they surely must win. 

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