Cardiff City boss Russell Slade seeking Rotherham revenge

Cardiff City are coming off the back of a 1-0 win at Watford
Cardiff City are coming off the back of a 1-0 win at Watford

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade admits he has extra motivation to beat visitors Rotherham in the Championship on Saturday.

Slade last faced Steve Evans' side when he was in charge of Leyton Orient, losing last season's League One play-off final to the Millers on penalties.

Now in charge of the Bluebirds, Slade is eager to gain a measure of revenge against the South Yorkshire club.

"It hurt me getting beat in the play-off final," Slade said.

"It was a chance for a small East End London club to get to the Championship, so it was a major blow as we'd massively overachieved.

"We were in the top three all season, but that's the play-off system that can be so cruel sometimes. Entertaining but cruel."

Since joining Cardiff, Slade has won each of his four home games, while Rotherham have won away from home just once this season - in August against Millwall.

Cardiff will again be without defender Bruno Manga because of a knee problem, while midfielder Anthony Pilkington is out for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

Slade has also denied reports that midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi will miss the rest of the season with a muscle injury, saying "he could be out until February",

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