Last Updated: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:36
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has warned fans they must stick by the club for what he expects to be a tough Premier League season.
The Bluebirds are in the top flight for the first time in the modern Premier League era after finally sealing promotion from the Championship last term.
The Welsh side had dominated the second tier last season but Mackay knows a much tougher challenge awaits them in the Premier League and is well aware just what an important role the club's fans can play as they aim to stay there.
"I urge our fans to think about the bigger picture and keep with the players, because just like the players themselves our fans have an important job to do this season," he told WalesOnline.
"I know the measure of the supporters we have. It's going to be a different type of season this time from last time. Fans coming out and backing this team, as they have in the past, are even more important this time.
"They are going to have to be strong right through the season because sometimes results will not be going for us."
Mackay remains busy on the transfer front as he attempts to strengthen for the top flight, with Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, Blackpool winger Thomas Ince and France International Baftembi Gomis all among his current targets.
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