Solskjaer cancels warm-weather training after defeat

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cancelled his team's planned warm weather training in Abu Dhabi this weel, after the Bluebirds suffered a 4-0 defeat at home to Hull City. It was their worst home defeat since April 2000.

Solskjaer cancels warm-weather training in Abu Dhabi

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff City are in a relegation battle Credit: PA

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cancelled his players' warm-weather training trip to Abu Dhabi following the 4-0 defeat at home to Hull yesterday.

The Norwegian had been planning to take the relegation-threatened Bluebirds out to the United Arab Emirates today to sharpen up ahead of their trip to fifth-placed Tottenham at White Hart Lane in a week's time.

But after watching his charges thrashed by the Tigers, suffering their biggest home defeat since losing 4-0 to Cambridge United in April 2000, Solskjaer confirmed he had changed his mind in favour of some intensive preparation in wintry Wales.

Cardiff City defeated 4-0 at home to Hull

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Craig Noone and Hull's Alex Bruce battle for the ball Credit: PA

Cardiff failed to give owner Vincent Tan any kind of birthday present as they lost 4-0 at home to Hull in what was a crunch Premier League game for the Bluebirds.

The Malaysian billionaire turns 62 on Sunday, but any celebrations will be quelled by the Welsh side's worst home defeat in 14 years.

A deflected shot from Tom Huddlestone, a brace from the clinical Nikica Jelavic and a goal on the counter-attack from Jake Livermore pushed the visitors firmly into mid-table.

Cardiff, meanwhile, are deep in the relegation mire, down in 19th place, three points and at least nine goals from safety with 11 matches of the season left.

The Bluebirds have now failed to score in 15 Premier League games this season - more than any other team.

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Cardiff City make four changes for match with Hull

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.@cardiffcityfc starting-11: Marshall, Taylor, Caulker (C), Cala, Fabio; Zaha, Cowie, Eikrem, Noone; Campbell, Jones. #CARHUL

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Cardiff City to take on Hull City in Premier League clash

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The first Premier League meeting between Hull and Cardiff ended in a draw Credit: PA

Cardiff City take on Hull later in what will be the first top-flight meeting for the two sides in Wales.

Today's match is a big chance for Cardiff to bank three important points in the league relegation battle. The reverse fixture in September ended in a 1-1 draw.

Former Manchester United favourites, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Steve Bruce, will also come face-to-face for the first time today.