Captain's Blog

We are looking forward to our game against Cardiff City tonight.

It is a massive match and like around any game like this, there is a lot out there being said and reported, but all we have been doing this week is getting our heads down in training, working hard and focusing on the job we have to do, which starts tonight at the Cardiff City Stadium.

We have a very positive dressing room, we go there with pretty much a full bill of health so that is a good sign going into the match in full strength. We are all really upbeat and really looking forward to it and hoping that we can come back with a positive result to see us through to Monday.

It is all about focusing on one game at a time. We have the away leg first and our form has been terrific this season away so we will be going there with confidence, having beaten Cardiff 2-0 on their ground not so long ago. We know it will be a totally different game and we know that Cardiff got the better of us once this season as well, so both teams know what to expect and for us, it is about making sure we do what we need to, in order to get a result.

I have played in the play-offs before with Bolton so I know what is all about and I am so looking forward to this match and hopefully myself and the other lads who have been in similar situations will help the younger lads get through it all. It doesn't matter who are the favourites, who people think has the most pressure on them, all we are thinking about is what we have to do.

There should be a great atmosphere there tonight, their fans will be up for it and so will ours. I always like to mention in every interview if I can, just how brilliant our supporters are and that their backing is boss. I am in no doubt whatsoever that you will all be massively behind us, whether that is travelling all the way to Cardiff or wherever you can listen or watch the game.

What I am asking now on behalf of the team, is for one final push to be with us and help us along to get the results we need and we will do our upmost to do our job on the pitch.

Come on you Irons!

Kevin Nolan