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Tuesday, 9 October, 2001, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK
Gabbidon high on confidence
Daniel Gabbidon
Gabbidon has made an impressive start to the season
After an unexpected call up to the Welsh senior squad, Cardiff's Daniel Gabbidon returns to the more familiar surrounds of Second Division football at Bristol City on Tuesday.

Instead of making his final appearance for the under 21 side, the ever improving defender sat on the bench at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday as Wales recorded their first win in 12 matches.

It was timely confidence boost for Gabbidon as he and his Cardiff team-mates attempt to get their season back on track.

"I wasn't really expecting it to happen," Gabbidon said of his call up.

We know we're good players and we know we've got a good team
Daniel Gabbidon
"It would have been nice to play for the under 21s at Cardiff since it would have been my last game for them.

"But it was a really good experience to get called up and I really enjoyed the day.

"Being picked with such good players can only do your confidence good."

Cardiff certainly need confident players right now as they attempt to recover from a string of disappointing results.

With only one win from their last four games, the pressure is mounting on Alan Cork's expensively assembled squad.

But Gabbidon was quick to dispel any suggestions that the players are beginning to doubt their own ability.

"We know we're good players and we know we've got a good team," he said.

"It's just a matter of getting it right on the pitch.

Des Hamilton
Cardiff will look to Des Hamilton to use his experience
"Every game seems to be a big one at the moment, but I'm looking forward to it.

"Obviously I didn't get to play last week at all so at least I'm fresh and ready for the game.

"Bristol have got some good strikers so I'll have to be on my toes and hopefully we can get a good result.

"If we beat them we can be thinking we're going to be up there at the end of the season."

Cardiff's preparations have been hit by injury concerns over Leon Jeanne, Scott Young, Graham Kavanagh and Mike Simpinks.

But Robert Earnshaw could return after a long absence if he passes a late fitness test.

See also:

08 Oct 01 |  Eng Div 2
Bristol City v Cardiff
01 Oct 01 |  Cardiff City
Cardiff sack Atkins
08 Oct 01 |  Eng Div 3
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