Rob Earnshaw cools Cardiff City expectancy

Npower Championship - Cardiff City v Bristol City

Venue:
Cardiff City Stadium
Date:
Sunday, 14 August
Kick-off:
1500 BST
Coverage:
Full commentary on BBC Radio Wales & live text commentary online. Highlights on BBC Sport website from Monday (UK only)
Rob Earnshaw
Rob Earnshaw was one of nine summer signings by new boss Malky Mackay

Rob Earnshaw has warned his Cardiff City team-mates against complacency following their opening Championship triumph at title favourites West Ham.

Kenny Miller's last minute winner on Sunday handed the Bluebirds their first win at Upton Park for 61 years in Malky Mackay's first game as Cardiff manager.

It was a shock win for the Welsh side as eight players made their Cardiff debut against a strong Hammers team.

But Wales striker Earnshaw insisted: "We will not get carried away."

West Ham's squad included England internationals Robert Green, Scott Parker and Carlton Cole while experienced Premier League midfielder Kevin Nolan and Matt Taylor made their debut for the Hammers.

Sam Allardyce's men were expected to comfortably defeat a new-look Cardiff side that has been rebuilt since Mackay replaced Dave Jones following last season's play-off disappointment.

Cardiff, however, weathered West Ham pressure and struck in added time as debutant Miller struck a dramatic winner.

But fellow new boy Earnshaw has calmed rising expectation levels at the Cardiff City Stadium ahead of Sunday's Severnside derby against Bristol City.

"We rode our luck against West Ham," pointed-out the 30-year-old.

"It could have gone either way but luckily we scored at the perfect time and it was game over.

"They pushed us, they tested us and played good football. It will be one of our of toughest away trips all season. Not a lot of teams will go there this season and get three points.

"It was good to win but I think it will take us a few weeks to settle down, get to know each other better and improve.

"In a few weeks, you'll see the best of us.

"It was important we didn't lose our first game.

"And when a new team is trying to gel, nothing is better for confidence than winning your first match away from home. It definitely boosted us."

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