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Posted Friday, February 23rd 2018

Wright confident ahead of Cardiff City test

Bailey Wright says City will go into Sunday's Severnside derby with Cardiff City full of confidence.

With both sides challenging for promotion in the Sky Bet Championship, the club skipper is preparing to lead his teammates out in South Wales, .

City drew 1-1 with Fulham on Wednesday night, putting in an excellent performance to keep their in-form opponents quiet for much of the game.

And World Cup-bound Wright believes City can take confidence from that display into Sunday's clash with Cardiff.

He told BCTV: "Results have been okay for us but the annoying thing for us is we have reached half time in these games and not seen the job out.

"That's football, it happens but the game against Fulham was more like us, we played with our identity and energy.

"It ticked the boxes of what makes us play well. It was good, there were plenty of positives, the lads enjoyed it and the atmosphere was good.

"In the second half we almost won the game but we take confidence from that game into Sunday against Cardiff City."

WHAT HE SAID:

"It was good, there were plenty of positives, the lads enjoyed it and...we take confidence from that game into Sunday against Cardiff City."

Bristol City skipper, Bailey Wright

Australia defender Wright, who has regularly been deployed at right-back for City this season due to Eros Pisano's injury, received a retrospective red card for an incident involving Fulham's Aboubakar Kamara at Craven Cottage back in October.

It ruled him out of the Severnside derby last time, which City won 2-1 thanks to goals from Callum O'Dowda and Aden Flint. But he is set to captain the side when they travel to the Cardiff City Stadium this weekend.

Wright said: "I was frustrated to miss the last one so I get to be a part of this one on Sunday. We will saviour being a part of derby games. It's two teams who are having good seasons at the top end of the Championship. It will be a competitive game but I am confident we can go there and do what it takes.

"I expect them to be physical, well-organised and direct. We've played Neil Warnock teams before and he likes them to be organised, disciplined and we have to be on top of our game. We need to be solid, compact and play our game so we're looking forward to what will be a good test.

"They have had a good season, as have we, and if we can go a step further from the Fulham performance on Wednesday night, we will get a result.

"I heard there will be a restriction to the number of fans we can take but I am sure they will still be as loud as ever. Whether we take 1,500 or 3,000 fans, the atmosphere from our fans will be loud and hopefully the difference. They have been brilliant home and away this year and we feel the momentum shift when they get behind us.

CAPTAIN'S MESSAGE AS TAIL END OF SEASON APPROACHES

"To my teammates, we know we have to continue doing what we do.

"My message to the fans is to enjoy it, keep getting behind us and we will make sure we give you something to cheer about.

"We have given ourselves a great opportunity to go and do something special and we are still in a great position to do just that. We're looking forward to Sunday and whatever is ahead."

WATCH: LEE JOHNSON PREVIEWS THE SEVERNSIDE DERBY CLASH

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