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Cardiff City’s relegation battle hinges on Crystal Palace clash

Danny Ward showing a moment of emotion as Cardiff City took on Fulham last month. Credit: PA

Cardiff City take on Crystal Palace Saturday night in the most important game of their season.

After their 1-0 defeat at Fulham, Neil Warnock’s side must now win both tomorrow’s home match and their upcoming fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford in order to avoid relegation.

Bluebirds fans can only watch and wait. Credit: PA

Their hopes of dodging relegation also rely on Brighton gaining no more than a point in their approaching fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester City.

Speaking ahead of the fixture, manager Neil Warnock was adamant Cardiff are “still in it” despite a troubled season for the club.

“We always give effort. Sometimes we’re a little bit limited, but, you know, we’ve got two games left to go and we’re still in it.”

Manager Neil Warnock at Craven Cottage as his team took on Fulham. Credit: PA

Earlier this week, Warnock was fined £20,000 by the Football Association for his comments about Premier League match officials.

His comments, which included calling officials,“the worst in the world”, followed a controversial defeat for Cardiff against Chelsea. On the matter, Warnock said he was “disappointed”, but wouldn't be appealing the decision.

We showed 13 incidents that we think were major incidents, since January, that have gone against us and not one given us. Thirteen is an awful lot, really, and you just don’t just need to play well – you need a bit of luck as well.

They probably just want robot managers now, don’t they, or managers that don’t speak English. That’s the way it’s going really. The humour’s gone out of the game now.

I’ll just have to say no comment now and be a boring person.

– Neil Warnock, Cardiff City manager

In response, fans have launched a fundraiser to help the fine.

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