Date:Wednesday October 30 2013
Cardiff City's influential midfielder Peter Whittingham is backing the home crowd to be decisive when local rivals Swansea City visit CCS on Sunday and the former Aston Villa man hopes to draw on the support again to add to the solitary home win - the fantastic 3-2 reversal against Manchester City.
Whittingham told BBC Sport:
'I remember thinking when we went one nil down, we were about to kick-off and the fans went again.'
'It was an unbelievable experience and we obviously got the goals after that and the whole place erupted again.'
'I think it definitely can be a big factor. It's going to be a huge day and one that we hope we can win.'
The Man City game was memorable for a whole host of reasons, not least the first home Premiership game and the remarkable result. The match atmosphere that day was probably the best in a long time and the winning goal on a par with Chopra's late winner some seasons ago and the play-off final win over Leicester City.
The key difference was that there was no expectation on us to win, and especially since going 1-0 down. I think many fans would have gladly opted to end the game with that scoreline, rather than risk the chance of Manchester City' star-laden side adding more to their tally.
As Whittingham says, the fans reaction to going behind was exceptional and cleaarly made a huge difference. Few would have expected the game to turn around as it did but a similar level of support will be needed against Swansea City. The Bluebirds fans have a tendancy towards impatience and the tension and discontent is palpable when we are underperforming.
Swansea City are favourites to win the game, and rightly so. They are comfortably established in the Premiership, and are aiming for a top 10 finish. Rivals or not, this will be a game they are looking to take 3 points from and they are certainly capable. The Cardiff City fans can make a big difference but must not expect the wins as we have done for so long in the Championship. The Bluebirds have always made good underdogs and the fans also thrive on that in our Cup final appearances, Leeds United FA Cup triumph etc. Although against our neighbours, this game is probably little different.
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