Every game is a priority - Jones

25 August 2009 03:17
Manager Dave Jones says he will not deliberately field a weakened team for Cardiff's Carling Cup second round clash with League One Bristol Rovers. Jones insists the competition, which has become devalued in recent years, shares the same priority as the Bluebirds' games in the Championship. "It's a competition that some of the bigger clubs take lightly," Jones said ahead of Wednesday's game. "It's not the top of their priorities but every game we play is a priority." Jones fielded a strong team that beat League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 in the first round, despite missing key players through injuries and international call-ups. But he says he will not be afraid to use youngsters against Paul Trollope's Rovers. "If I put youngsters out I'm putting them out because I feel they can win a football match," said Jones. "If I don't feel that, then they shouldn't be in this football club. "So it's not just about 'oh we are going to put a weakened team out'. "Any team I put out I don't class as being weakened, I class as they are good enough to go into my first team so they should be able to play and get the result I want." Give your thoughts on Cardiff's clash against Bristol Rovers Former manager Lennie Lawrence will also be making a return to Cardiff as Rovers' assistant manager. Lawrence managed the Bluebirds between 2002 and 2005, guiding them to promotion to the Championship in May 2003. And his successor Jones hopes he will get a good reception at the Cardiff City Stadium. "Nobody goes to a football club and doesn't want to do well," said Jones. "Everybody should appreciate what he did here. "But we've moved on far, far from even when I arrived here four years ago. "When you look around, it's not the club that Lennie had and it's moved on to a different level." Rovers have made a good start to the season, winning three of their opening four league games and are fourth in League One. Jones added: "They have had a great start. We've watched them a couple of times. "They've got some good players, they are playing well so we've got to be at our best if we're going to get something from the game."

Source: BBC_Sport