Bothroyd prefers league success

Last updated : 19 January 2010 By BBC Sport

Jay Bothroyd insists Cardiff City care more about Premier League promotion than progressing in the FA Cup.The seven-goal striker wants to "create history" and fire the Bluebirds out of the Championship and into the top-flight for the first time in 48 years.

Bothroyd admits: "Obviously it would be nice to have a good cup run but the league is more important than us.

"Cardiff in the Premier League is big news and I want to be part of history. We want promotion more than anything."

The Championship club enjoyed a miraculous FA Cup adventure two seasons ago when Cardiff captured the essence of the romantic nature of the famous competition by reaching the 2008 final.

Ultimately we want to be playing at the highest level week in week out and mixing it with the big boys

Carddiff City striker Jay Bothroyd

Dave Jones' side joined an elite group of non top-flight sides to have played in a final when the Welsh club were beaten 1-0 by Premier League Portsmouth at Wembley.

Bothroyd joined Cardiff the following summer and has listened to the FA Cup tales of his current team-mates.

But the 27-year-old would rather get knocked out by Bristol City in Tuesday's FA Cup third round replay and beat the Robins in next Tuesday's Championship clash.

Cardiff - who were relegated from the top-flight in 1962 - are fifth placed in the Championship and Jones' men hope to make a serious bid to win promotion to the Premier League for the club for the first time since its inception in 1992.

"The FA Cup is a special competition and there is a lot of history," Bothroyd told BBC Sport.

"But me, my peers and the coaches are more concentrated on the league than anything.

"It is hard to dismiss a great competition like the FA Cup and you do want to win things and get silverware.

"But ultimately we want to be playing at the highest level week in week out and mixing it with the big boys.

"You can make a name for yourself in the FA Cup and there are special times in the FA Cup where the underdog beats the top boys but Bristol City is a team we can beat and should beat."

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Bothroyd missed last week's 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate but is now fully fit after shrugging off suspected swine 'flu and a "temperature of 105" degrees Fahrenheit to be fit for the replay at the Cardiff City Stadium.

He is a pivotal fulcrum of Cardiff's attack and Bothroyd would prefer to fire Jones' men to glory in next week's league showdown between the two Championship play-off rivals.

"They want to be in the play-offs and they are the games we want to be winning," he said.

"We want to create a gap and separate ourselves from them - but at the moment it is really tight so we want to get points on board and cement ourselves firmly in play-offs."

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport