Cardiff City must 'pick up' away form says Anthony Pilkington

Anthony Pilkington
Anthony Pilkington has also played for Norwich City, Huddersfield Town and Stockport County

Cardiff City winger Anthony Pilkington says the Bluebirds must "pick up" their away form to boost their promotion hopes.

Friday's 2-1 win against Reading was the Championship side's fifth in a row at home, but they have yet to win on the road in the league this season.

Pilkington, 26, hopes to put that right away against Watford on Saturday.

"If we pick up our away form... then we'll be right up there," said Pilkington.

"That's what's damaging our position in the table at the moment."

Last five Cardiff City away matches
30 September 2014: Brighton 1-1 Cardiff City - Report
3 October 2014: Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff City- Report
25 October 2014: Millwall 1-0 Cardiff City - Report
4 November 2014: Bolton 3-0 Cardiff City- Report
8 November 2014: Birmingham City 0-0 Cardiff City - Report

Russell Slade's side are 12th in the table, three points behind the Hornets who are in seventh and one point off the play-off places.

Cardiff have also failed to score in their last four games on the road and Slade has said he will "do everything he can" to improve their result away from the Cardiff City Stadium.

Pilkington is bemused as to why they have struggled on their travels so far.

"You can't really put your finger on it," said Pilkington, "I don't know what it is.

"I'm sure when the first one comes a few more will roll along.

"The league's very tight and if we put two or three wins together you go right up there."

Pilkington, a summer recruit from Norwich City, has scored one goal in 15 appearances since joining the Bluebirds.

Watford, have lost their last three matches, but despite that the Republic of Ireland international is expecting a challenging afternoon.

"Wherever you go away from home in this league it's tough," said Pilkington.

"It's going to be tough, but we'll be looking to get the first three points away."