Cardiff City can catch Queens Park Rangers - Dave Jones

Npower Championship

Venue:
Cardiff City Stadium
Date:
Saturday, 23 April
Kick-off:
1245 BST
Coverage:
Watch live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website, highlights on The Football League Show; Listen on BBC 5 live sports extra and BBC local radio; text commentary on the BBC Sport website

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Friday Focus in Cardiff

Dave Jones says he still believes his Cardiff side can beat leaders Queens Park Rangers to the Championship title.

The Bluebirds host QPR on Saturday, knowing a victory will close the gap to five points with three games remaining.

A win for Neil Warnock's side, though, will secure the visitors promotion to the Premier League.

"Everybody thinks it's a foregone conclusion that QPR have already done it, but have they?" said Jones.

"There are still enough points for other teams to catch them. And that's our aim. And I'm sure that's what Norwich and Reading are thinking.

"There's still a lot of football to be played."

Warnock said Cardiff must win on Saturday to keep their hopes alive of finishing in the top two, which brings automatic promotion.

But Jones responded by reminding his long-time rival that QPR have not quite reached the finishing line.

"If we win on Saturday, the pressure is on them, just as much as on us and everybody else chasing them," said Jones.

"He'll be trying to relieve the pressure on himself. They've got to come to us. They haven't won it yet and if we can get the result we want on Saturday then the pressure is on them with three games to go just as much as on us or anybody else."

He added: "We're not spoiling anybody's party. We're looking after ourselves. We don't really care what they're doing or anybody else, it's what we do [that counts].

"Neil can say whatever he wants to say, and he normally does. But we're doing it for us, for our own reasons, and Neil will have his own reasons as well.

"We're just focusing on ourselves and we want to do well for this club."

Saturday's match brings two of the Championship's finest players face to face. Craig Bellamy has rediscovered his best form over recent weeks to lead the Bluebirds to four straight wins, while Adel Taarabt has been pulling the strings in the QPR midfield all season.

Both scored in the match between the sides at Loftus Road in November, with Taarabt grabbing a second-half winner after Bellamy's early opener.

And while happy to acknowledge the influence of both players, Jones said too much emphasis in often given to individuals over the course of a season.

"We've got good players here, Craig is one of them," said Jones. "Craig is the catalyst of what we do, and Taarabt is probably the catalyst of what they do.

"But take out the other 10 players and see how good he is then. You need everybody - it's a team game. That's' what it's all about.

"But Craig is the captain of this football club, as Taarabt is for them, so you lead by example. That's what people do."

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