Cardiff City's Darcy Blake eager for first start of season

Carling Cup second round - Cardiff City v Huddersfield Town

Venue:
Cardiff City Stadium
Date:
Tuesday, 23 August
Kick-off:
1945 BST
Coverage:
Watch highlights on The League Cup Show at 2330 BST on Wednesday (BBC One); listen live on BBC Radio Wales (SE FM only) and score updates on BBC Radio 5 live; text commentary on the BBC Sport website
Darcy Blake
Blake made his Wales debut against Switzerland in October 2010

Wales international defender Darcy Blake hopes to kick-start his season in Cardiff City's Carling Cup tie against Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.

Blake, whose pre-season was disrupted by injury, has yet to start a game for the Bluebirds this season.

And the 22-year-old is willing to play in any position across the backline to try to impress manager Malky Mackay.

"I don't mind where I play so long as I get a start and hopefully I will do my best," said Blake.

Blake has shown his versatility by playing in a number of positions in defence and midfield since making his Cardiff debut against Crewe in April 2006.

But he has been hampered by a shin splint problem which he sustained during pre-season.

"I've been working on my fitness to try and get back fully fit, to be given this chance and show him that I deserve a place in the starting line-up," he said.

"Wherever he [Mackay] plays me then I'm going to try my hardest [and] stay in that position for league games as well.

"He's started me in a number of different positions during training when we've played 11 versus 11.

"I've played right-back, centre-back, left-back - [where] I had a couple of games last season - and centre-midfield.

"If he plays me centre-mid then that's the position I'm going to concentrate on the most.

"I need to stick with one position for a long period of time. I'm still getting moved around which I quite often have been."

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Blake played 20 minutes as a substitute in Cardiff's 1-1 draw at Burnley in the Championship last Saturday.

He also made a second-half substitutes appearance for Wales against Australia and scored his first senior goal.

Wales' 2-1 defeat against the Socceroos was on the same evening Cardiff won 3-1 at Oxford United in the Carling Cup first round.

With Blake one of eight players unavailable due to international commitments, manager Mackay was forced to include a number of youngsters.

And Blake believes the Carling Cup competition is a good opportunity for the manager to give squad members a of taste first-team action.

"There's opportunities for everyone now," said Blake. "For the young lads, I think they impressed [in] the last game [at Oxford].

"Alex Evans done well in the game and Nat [Nathaniel Jarvis] obviously got his goal.

"There's opportunities for the youngsters but obviously [also for] people who have not been playing, like myself, to try and prove a point to show we are ready.

"Hopefully [I'll] get a chance in the league games then."

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