Rae of light for Bluebirds

Gavin Rae has refused to give up on Cardiff’s play-off hopes despite tonight’s trip to Wolves being a “must-win” clash.

Gavin Rae has refused to give up on Cardiff’s play-off hopes despite tonight’s trip to Wolves being a “must-win” clash.

Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Scunthorpe left the Bluebirds 13th in the Coca-Cola Championship, eight points behind sixth-placed Crystal Palace with three games to play.

That leaves the FA Cup finalists needing a minor miracle to finish in the top six, but Scotland international Rae insists they will keep fighting until it is mathematically impossible to make the play-offs.

“Wolves is still a must-win game for us,” he told the South Wales Echo. “We were devastated not to get anything from Scunthorpe, for the points on offer and to keep our unbeaten run going.

“It doesn’t matter about other results – we’ve got to look after ourselves. If we keep pushing, you never know. While the points are still there, you keep going.

“We know we’ve got to win all our games and hope Palace lose all theirs, but there are other teams in it as well.

“Of course, it’s made it very difficult now, but we want to finish the season as well as we can and take some pride from it. Then we’ll see where we are.”

Cardiff manager Dave Jones, meanwhile, may be forced into a defensive reshuffle.

Centre-back Glenn Loovens took a knock to the hip at Scunthorpe, while full-back Kevin McNaughton suffered a calf injury.

Darren Purse could deputise alongside Roger Johnson for Loovens, while Darcy Blake may be asked to fill in for McNaughton.

The Bluebirds will again be without Northern Ireland striker Warren Feeney, while a hamstring problem is expected to keep Paul Parry out of action.

Robbie Fowler is nearing a comeback from his hip injury but the game will come too soon for the former Liverpool striker.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is waiting for news on the fitness of Michael Gray, who took a knock to the shin in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Ipswich and is doubtful ahead of the Bluebirds clash.

His replacement that day, Michael Kightly, came through his return after a lengthy absence unscathed, playing the full second half, and will hope to have done enough to earn a starting berth.

However, midfielder David Edwards picked up a knee injury on his comeback from almost six weeks on the sidelines and is not expected to be ready to face Jones’ side.

Karl Henry (knee) and Rob Edwards (ankle) are again set to miss out for Wanderers while Kevin Kyle, Gary Breen and Stephen Elliott will hope to be promoted from the bench.

Victory for Wanderers would move them into seventh place, two points behind Palace.

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