Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne believes The Reds’ success so far this season will make the trip to Cardiff extra difficult.The 26-year-old, who has been a consistent figure at the heart of Stuart Pearce’s defence since his summer arrival from Hamburg, has this week been preparing to face a Cardiff side who have struggled to live up to expectation since their relegation from the Premier League.
But Mancienne believes the Bluebirds, with a new manager in place and opposition who have an excellent record to protect, will pose a big threat to him and his teammates on Saturday.
He told Forest Player: “It’s definitely going to be a difficult game. They’re obviously not doing as well as they can do but everyone steps up their game against us.
“It’s going to be a real test. They’re going to give everything they can to impress the manager, better their position in the table and to take our unbeaten record away from us.”
Mancienne’s strong performances have led him to taking the captain’s armband in the long-term absence of Chris Cohen.
And, while he is saddened by the circumstances, the former Chelsea man sees it as a huge opportunity.
He said: “I’m relishing it. It’s a big responsibility but I’m happy to take the captaincy and do the best I can for the club.
“Chris is a great captain and I want to do him, myself and the fans proud.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Mancienne discusses the international break, how he helped bring Robert Tesche to the club and what he makes of the Forest fans.