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Cardiff players rise to challenge - boss Dave Jones

Cardiff's Craig Bellamy and Aaron Mokoena clash at Fratton Park
Cardiff's Craig Bellamy and Aaron Mokoena clash at Fratton Park

Cardiff City boss Dave Jones says his players are rising to the challenge of the expectation on their shoulders following a raft of star signings.

Craig Bellamy heads that list and played his part in Saturday's 2-0 win at Portsmouth in the Championship.

Jones said: "The bar's been raised at our place all over. Everyone will go on about Craig and all that.

"But you look at the big fella in midfield [Seyi Olofinjana]... but everybody did their jobs."

Jones was pleased to gain a slice of revenge at Fratton Park against the club that beat the Bluebirds 1-0 in the 2008 FA Cup final.

On this occasion he had Bellamy, Olofinjana, Lee Naylor and latest signing Andy Keogh to call on while Pompey's financial plight left them short of strength in depth.

He said: "I'm pleased with everybody and all the fans - they were magnificent. They never stopped. To shout these lot [Pompey fans] down takes something so for me a little bit of revenge as well.

Our work-rate has had to be upped because we're there to be shot at because of what we've done and the players we've brought in

Cardiff boss Dave Jones

"We've given our fans a good treat today. They've come in their droves and they'll be very happy going home.

"Everybody has to step up with the players we've brought in and you've got to have that little bit of quality.

"The culture's changing within the club and that's what happens. Our work-rate has had to be upped because we're there to be shot at because of what we've done and the players we've brought in.

"That's expected, that's not unusual."

The Cardiff boss was also pleased his side responded to their 2-1 Carling Cup defeat at League One Peterborough in midweek, when they were without Bellamy.

He said: "We let ourselves down the other night in the second half because we didn't do that, but we learned from it and went to the death [at Portsmouth].

"Just because of the players we've brought in we're there to be shot at, but others have to step up to the plate."



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Portsmouth 0-2 Cardiff
28 Aug 10 |  Championship
Peterborough 2-1 Cardiff
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