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Posted on 4 January 2007  - 12:00

Chris Hughton assesses the challenge presented by Cardiff in the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Ninian Park on Sunday...

Chris Hughton assesses the challenge presented by Cardiff in the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Ninian Park on Sunday...

CARDIFF ARE A very good Championship side who have not been able to maintain their early season form of late, but they are still a quality team.

We all know what to expect when you go to somewhere like Ninian Park with the passionate crowd they've got. We were in a hotel the other morning where they were showing some old FA Cup games on TV and the one on was Cardiff's win over a very good Leeds United team five years ago.

If we needed any reminder over the challenge we're facing, that was it.

The crowd will be ready for the game and league form goes out of the window. There is also the Wales-England angle and all of it put together makes it a very high profile meeting.

You can do yourself a favour in these games by scoring early goals - although sometimes it doesn't work out, like for us against Leicester last year. What we do know is that we're going to have to play well to win the game, if we do play well then we will stand a very good chance of going through.

Nearly all of our players have been involved in these type of games and we suffered two defeats in the cups last season that hurt us. So there are enough reminders and we are certainly aware of what to expect.

One of the Cardiff home grown number, Joe Ledley, is a good player and if you look at younger players from the Championship, he is one who catches the eye and I'm sure all of the Premiership teams have taken a look at some stage.

He is part of a very consistent team who are driven on by a very good coaching staff who possess a lot of experience in Dave Jones and Terry Burton.