Cardiff City vs Everton - Warnock expects tough test from ‘organised’ Everton

Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by PA

Cardiff City vs Everton - Warnock expects tough test from ‘organised’ Everton

Neil Warnock expects another tough game as Cardiff host Everton on Tuesday night.

Cardiff, one point above the relegation zone, will seek to bounce back from their 5-1 Watford mauling against an Everton side who have not played for over two weeks.

“They’ve had a long time without a game so I would imagine they’ll be very organised,” Warnock said.

“The manager (Marco Silva) works very hard on the training ground with the structure and, with the players they’ve got, it will be difficult.

“We saw them against Watford, who beat us five, and they weren’t far behind and could have won on the day.”

Warnock is frustrated with Victor Camarasa making himself unavailable through injury on the advice of his own medical staff.

“I’ve never come across the situation I’ve got at the moment,” Warnock said. “We’re having physios and medical people from abroad telling us what we can do with him when he is our player.

“He obviously listens to his physios, his medical people and Tom, Dick and Harry from abroad.”

Cardiff are without the on-loan Oumar Niasse against his parent club, with Kenneth Zohore challenging to replace him or the option to switch Callum Paterson from a wide role.

Aron Gunnarsson is expected to return after being rested for the Watford clash, while Lee Peltier and Bobby Reid will be checked after illness.

Defenders Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines are fit to return to Everton’s squad, with the former in line for his first start since the opening day of the season as Yerry Mina is doubtful and Kurt Zouma serves a one-match ban.

Manager Marco Silva insists he has not made any major changes to his game plan in order to arrest their slump.

Since the start of December the Toffees have won three and lost nine of their 14 Premier League matches and have lost five of the last six in all competitions.

Just 16 goals have been scored in that spell, a tally which includes five in one match at Burnley on Boxing Day.

They also have the worst record in the top-flight for letting in goals from free-kicks and corners, with 13 of their 39 league goals conceded from set-pieces.

However, rather than looking at making significant changes, Silva insists his current philosophy just needs better application to be successful.

“Radical? No. because if in February you try to change everything radically that means everything we did doesn’t make sense,” said the manager when asked whether he had considered shaking things up during their 16-day break.

“If you did very good things the first three or four months we have to understand why we started to not do the same.

“It is clear to me the details are making a big, big difference in our results.

“We are losing points and not achieving the good results in some moments because of the detail and so you have to work more and more, to be more consistent within the team.

“I am not happy with our results (but) to change radically, no.”

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