Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that the prospect of playing Championship football next season is difficult to take. The Bluebirds were relegated from the Premier League yesterday after suffering a 3-0 defeat away at Newcastle.
Cardiff assistant boss Mark Dempsey has backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to handle the stresses and strains of a Barclays Premier League relegation scrap.
Solskjaer sat out his weekly pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of a crunch clash at fellow strugglers West Brom.
Albion are currently three points and three places above Cardiff, with the Welsh club knowing they realistically require maximum points, both this weekend and against Crystal Palace in eight days' time, to ignite hopes of staying up.
"He has got lots on this morning, so I have ended up coming over. The one thing he doesn't feel is heat," Dempsey said of Solskjaer. "I think the way he has galvanised the football club, certainly in the last month, there has been a different feel around the football club.
Cardiff have just seven games left to plot a successful survival course and avoid an immediate return to the Championship .Even though they were beaten 6-3 at home by title-chasing Liverpool last weekend, there was enough quality in that performance to suggest Cardiff have a fighting chance.
"It is a massive game for both clubs," added Dempsey. "The most important thing is that we concentrate on doing our job, going out there with a focus on what we need to do to get a result.
Swansea defender Neil Taylor has given unequivocal backing to rookie head coach Garry Monk as the Welsh club prepare for a key Barclays Premier League encounter against Norwich.
Monk has overseen a solitary win from 10 games since he was put in charge just over seven weeks ago.
Swansea go into the Canaries clash on Saturday just five points clear of relegation trouble and there is no sign whether former Swans captain Monk will keep the role beyond the season.
But Wales international Taylor has no doubt about Monk's quality as Swansea look to build on an impressive midweek draw at Arsenal.
"We definitely think he is the right man to take us forward. We are all giving our all for him," Taylor said.
"You can talk about experience, but he has got experience from three or four of the best managers around at the moment - Martinez, Rodgers and Souza. He has learnt from all of them. He has been at the club for 10 years. He knows this football club better than anyone."
Victory over visitors Norwich would give Swansea much-needed breathing space, and Taylor accepts that points are all that matter at this stage.
Swansea do not have a good record against Norwich, and Taylor knows the stakes will be high as they face a team just two points and one place above them.
"It is a must-win game," he said. "You have got to go out and do it now. It is going to go right to the wire at both ends of the table this year."
Cardiff City remain at the foot of the Premier League table after losing 2-0 at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata enjoyed a winning start to life at Manchester United as Robin van Persie and Ashley Young scored the goals that defeated Cardiff 2-0.
Mata completed 83 minutes of his debut following his club-record £37.1million move from Chelsea.
The midfielder made an immediate impact, sparking the move that led to Van Persie's sixth-minute opener.
By then, Young had belted in an excellent second to ensure the highpoint of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Old Trafford return was the reception he received from the home fans as his side remained at the foot of the Barclays Premier League.
Craig Bellamy was booked for kicking the ball away at a disputed free-kick and Solskjaer sat slumped in his seat, growing weary, no doubt, of responding to repeated songs of affection from the home support.
Craig Noone ended a forceful run in disappointing fashion when he belted his shot over.
Mark Hudson forced a decent save out of David de Gea, who also got himself in a tangle with Evans that was fortunate to end with nothing worse than the concession of a corner.
Young provided a second goal for the hosts later in the game, cutting in from the left wing before firing into the bottom corner.
Despite their side's woes the home fans had not lost their sense of humour as a chant of "we are staying up" proved, as United secured the victory.
It's half-time at Old Trafford and Cardiff City are trailing by a goal.
United fans welcomed back Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his return to his old club.
Robin Van Persie's header into the top left corner gave the hosts an early lead in the 6th minute.
Swansea have been beaten by Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium.
Spurs' Emmanuel Adebayor put them ahead with a header in the first-half.
Swansea's Chico Flores scored an own goal in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.
Adebayor then made it 3-0 with his second goal of the match in the 71st minute.
Wilfried Bony, who hit the bar, pulled a goal back with 12 minutes to go but Swansea could not get any closer as Spurs remained unbeaten in the Premier League under Tim Sherwood since he took over from Andre Villas-Boas.
The side who now fall to 15th place in the Premier League table.
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A Cardiff City fan from Llanrumney is being honoured by the club after he pulled a toddler from beneath a train on New Year's Day. Bus driver John Noctor was a guest of honour at this afternoon's match for his heroics while in London to see his side play.
Visitors Southampton secured a convincing win against the Bluebirds at the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon.
The passion shown by the fans as they protested against the club's owner outside the stadium ahead of the clash wasn't matched by the players inside as Southampton totted up three goals in the first half.
Cardiff now move to 16th in the Barclays Premier League table.
Swansea City have lost their Boxing Day match against a dominant Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Swans goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel helped keep the scores low after Eden Hazard scored the game's only goal in the first-half.
Swansea now sit 11th in the Premier League table as Chelsea move to second.