Lennie tells his players to focus

Last updated : 21 May 2003 By Michael Morris

"After the game on Sunday the players will be remembered as players who won promotion for Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium - or they will be remembered as a team that failed on the day," he told the Western Mail.

"They will be remembered either as legends or as chokers. It's harsh but that's the reality. We all know the importance of this game. It's vital we play the game and not the occasion. There is a lot of hullabaloo surrounding this match - but after lunchtime tomorrow we will be concentrating on Sunday's game.

"We are not talking about the LDV Vans Trophy final, we are playing for First Division football. Just enjoying the occasion is not enough for us. I want my players to focus on the match. I don't want them sidetracked by the circus surrounding this game.

"I don't want my players waving at their families and friends when they go out onto the pitch on Sunday. I want them focused on the game. If they choose to wave I won't slaughter them for it. I am just telling them what I think is the right thing to do."

"I don't want them focusing on getting tickets or waving at families. If we focus fully on the match and we lose then at least we can say we did everything possible. But if we don't and we lose then we always be thinking, 'What if?'

"I don't want us looking back wishing we had done things differently. To go up by winning the final at the Millennium Stadium is the best way to win promotion - but there can't be a worse feeling than losing a final."