Whittingham is aiming high

  • Last Updated: April 26 2014, 16:17 BST

Peter Whittingham believes it will be "the biggest achievement" of his seven-year stint with Cardiff if the Bluebirds secure Barclays Premier League survival this season.

Peter Whittingham: Vital game for the Bluebirds
Peter Whittingham: Vital game for the Bluebirds

Whittingham and company face Premier League bottom club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, with three points their sole objective.

If other results work for them, a win in the north east could see Cardiff climb out of the danger zone prior to their final two fixtures against Newcastle and Chelsea.

"It's huge. It's one of the biggest games since I've been here," said midfielder Whittingham, who joined Cardiff from Aston Villa in 2007.

"Along with the cup finals and the play-off finals, it is right up there with those. If we can escape relegation it will be the biggest achievement since I've been here.

"It's always going to be a big game when you know you have to win. The atmosphere is going to be brilliant, it is going to be awesome.

"It's all well and good taking points here and there, but now it is all about winning at Sunderland. It's something we are going to try our best to do.

"We will keep going until it's mathematically impossible for us to stay up. We have to do that. But it would be horrible to lose at Sunderland, and we are not thinking about it."

While Sunderland breathed life into their own survival bid recently by drawing against Manchester City and then beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Cardiff also took four points from a possible six.

Their 1-0 away victory over Southampton was followed by a 1-1 draw against in-form Stoke, when Whittingham's second-half penalty secured a share of the spoils.

"We will take confidence from our last two games," Whittingham added. "The team performances have been very good. We've done really well, and it's about taking that on.

"Everyone is raring to go. We know what the job in hand is. We know everything that is going to happen, and now it's about going out and doing it on the pitch.

"Sunderland have done really well in their last two games. They've picked up points when no-one thought they would, but we've been doing really well also.

"If everyone wants to talk about Sunderland, that's fine by us. We will go under the radar and do what we do.

"It is about us now. If we play well, if we play to our strengths and how we have been lately, then we will be okay.

"We are full of confidence. The team structure has been better, we've been harder to break down recently, harder to play against. It's harder for teams to get in behind us, and that has been massive."

Whittingham is set to be a key part of Cardiff's Premier League run-in, although it has not all been plain sailing this season in terms of pinning down a regular first team place.

"The worst thing for a footballer is when you are not playing. It's painful, a horrible experience," he said.

"With the boys we have here, with that quality, there are always going to be times you are not going to find yourself in and around the side. You can only work hard and try to get back in.

"The manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) has been good with me and told me to bide my time and that I would get my chance. I feel like I've bided my time, and now I just want to be playing football.

"I am not thinking about the future. It's all about the next three games. After that you might sit down and think, but now it's all about the Sunderland game."


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