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Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted his side needs a “miracle” if they are to avoid relegation following Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace.
The Bluebirds could have moved to within two points of the Eagles had they made home advantage count and emerge with a win, after Solskjaer had talked up the match as his side’s biggest game of the season ahead of the encounter.
However, Cardiff now find themselves six points adrift of safety with just five Premier League games remaining following Saturday’s defeat, as a Jason Puncheon brace and a Joe Ledley strike saw Palace come out on top.
Solskjaer insists he will not give up on survival but he concedes Cardiff need to “produce a miracle” if they are to remain in the Premier League.
“We were looking forward to this game and then we end up with a disappointing result and game like this,” Solskjaer said.
“It is going to be difficult to stay up but we have got to be full of fight. It has been a tough season for everyone at the club and I think it showed towards the end. We have got to work hard and we need to produce a miracle to stay up now.”
Cardiff, who have managed just one win in their last nine league games, take on Southampton (a), Stoke (h), Sunderland (a), Newcastle
(a) and Chelsea (h) in their remaining Premier League games.
Next up is a trip to St Mary’s on Saturday with the Saints priced as strong favourites at 1.52 to heap more misery on Cardiff, who are on offer at 5.19 to pick up a valuable three points with the draw at 4.01.