New manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed the Bluebirds to stay in the Barclays Premier League, despite them falling to the bottom of the table following a 4-2 defeat to Manchester City yesterday.
"I knew what I was up against when I came here.
"I didn't come here and think everything was going to be all-singing and all-dancing.
"It is a tough league but it is five points up to number 10, so still as tight as it has been.
"We have just got to make sure we keep performing like we did today."
Cardiff's next league game is against Solskjaer's old club, Manchester United, at Old Trafford.
"Every single one is a game you can take something from, as that might be the little point that can take you over the line towards the end.
"We will come back to Manchester in 10 days time and give it a go."
Cardiff have 18 points from 22 games but the competition is tight and Solskjaer is fixing targets.
"We can stay up, no doubt about that.
"You think 36-37 points (is safe) if you look at the history of the last few years.
"But we used to talk about the 40-mark, so let's make sure we get to 40."
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