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Chopra urges Cardiff improvement

Michael Chopra has not scored in the last six league and cup matches
Michael Chopra has not scored in the last six league and cup matches

Michael Chopra has called on his fellow Cardiff City team-mates to stand up and be counted against Derby on Tuesday.

The Bluebirds have lost four of their last five league games which has seen them drop from the Championship's early leaders to ninth in the table.

"I don't think we are working hard enough as a team," said eight-goal top scorer Chopra.

"We are not really playing to our strengths, not fighting enough. We need big changes to be fair in everyone."

During their run, Cardiff have only found the net twice, conceding eight, bringing an end to Chopra's fine start in which he has failed to find the net.

But the 25-year-old is not concerned about his dry patch.

"As a striker you go through games where you're not going to score goals and it's just a matter of time when it was going to happen," he said.

"I'm pleased it's happening now and not towards the end of the season because if we are challenging for promotion at the end of the season, we need to be scoring goals.

"If I get one on Tuesday I will be back in the groove and back scoring again and everything is all rosy."

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Chopra says Cardiff can only return to winning ways if they start pulling together as a team and said the players had discussed their form.

He added: "It's OK when things are going well like at the beginning of the season, but when things are tough like they are now, who has got the balls to stand up and be counted?

"Before the international break everything was looking good. We knew this month was going to be a hard month for us and if we want to be challenging for the play-offs and top spot we've got to be beating the teams around us.

"We've got another game tomorrow and we will try and put things right."

Newcastle-born Chopra says he has belief in himself and his fellow team-mates that they can turn around the Bluebirds fortunes but wonders if everyone feels the same.

"It's the belief whether they've got it in themselves," he added. "I think there's players playing with low confidence and I don't know why because they are playing for a good club.

"I'm part of the team as well and it's down to everyone. We are all in this together.

"Everyone's had their say. Whatever happens in the changing room stays in the changing room.

"It's the perfect time to put things right."

Meanwhile, Cardiff have announced a two-year shirt sponsorship deal with SBOBET.com, who also sponsor Premier League side West Ham.



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see also
Cardiff 6-1 Derby
29 Sep 09 |  Championship
Sheff Wed 3-1 Cardiff
26 Sep 09 |  Championship
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