Despite making it to the Carling cup final, Cardiff City players and their manager have acknowledged the fact that the Championship remains their top priority this season. Cardiff City managed to beat Crystal Palace in the second leg of the semi-final. Gardner scored the only goal of the match and it was an own goal, which has now helped Cardiff City to face Liverpool in the final at Wembley. Liverpool will be making their first appearance at the Wembley Stadium, and it is going to be an extraordinary moment for Cardiff City as well. However, they remain stable on the ground, as the Championship remains the top priority.

Cardiff City striker Kenny Miller has said that the game is extremely big when compared to the semifinals they faced against Crystal Palace partly because of the occasion and partly because of the opponents. Cardiff City are currently in the third place in the championship. However, they have a real opportunity of qualifying for the Premier league automatically by ensuring that they stay in touch with the top clubs Southampton and West Ham United. Southampton are just one point ahead of Cardiff City, and their form has not been the same as it was at the start of the season. Cardiff City are fast closing in on Southampton, while leaders West Ham United remain unbeatable.

“That game is far bigger for us than the second leg of the semi‑final, no doubt about it. The league is our bread and butter and we want to go for promotion. But it is still a fantastic achievement, getting to a final, and a day we will look forward to,” said the Cardiff striker Kenny Miller. The penalty shootout win will be something that Cardiff City will be looking to replicate at Wembley as well.