Neil Harris, right, and Tim Cahill celebrate after scoring goals for Millwall in FA Cup q/f replay victory over Tranmere Rovers in March 2004. Pic: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Cardiff’s City Neil Harris Hoping Return to Lockdown Spirit Can Revitalise Team’s Fortunes

By Gareth James

Neil Harris is hoping the lockdown spirit that rocketed Cardiff City into the play offs last summer can help revitalise his ailing team and earn them a run in the FA Cup.

The Bluebirds boss has played or managed in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of what he describes as “the greatest Cup competition in the game” and believes and win in the third round at Nottingham Forest today could provide some much needed momentum.

“We are back to the same rules as we had during the lockdown in March. No one comes into the building other than senior staff, players turn up for training in their cars, walk onto the pitch and then get back in their cars and go home,” said Harris.

Neil Harris hoping an FA Cup run will help galvanise his team. Pic: James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

“It is back to basics for us, although I don’t mind that. We are still working and playing, which is the main thing, and fortunate to be doing what we love every day.

“I hope the lockdown spirit we had back then returns and this is a time for people to step up. Results were better then and the weather was nicer.

“We want to get back to those results.”

Harris will have to watch today’s game from the stands as he serves his one game touchline ban after he was sent off for abusive language in the defeat at Wycombe. He also received a £2,000 fine.

3 thoughts on “Cardiff’s City Neil Harris Hoping Return to Lockdown Spirit Can Revitalise Team’s Fortunes

  1. i think neil harris is really for cardiff he seems to be miles away i think who ever comes into manage the club should live in the area and so should the players ,players on loan should be given accom by the club ,all players on match day should wear cardiff city suits wether playing or not,its about time discipline is brought back into the game ,then fitness through rigouress training,the players get paid well ,its a job ,BUT ITS THEIR JOB TO ENTERTAIN IF THEY CANT DO THAT THEN THEY HAVE TO GO AND IF THE MANAGER CANT MANAGE THEN HE HAS TO GO NO EXCUSES.

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