Neil Warnock vows to enjoy the high life with promotion-hunting Cardiff

Posted Saturday, March 31, 2018 by PA

Neil Warnock vows to enjoy the high life with promotion-hunting Cardiff

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock is not feeling any weight of expectation after his side moved closer to automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

The Bluebirds are only one victory away from breaking a 72-year-old club record of nine successive wins after their 3-1 triumph over Burton.

Goals from Kenneth Zohore, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Callum Paterson did the damage, and five more wins would guarantee Premier League football next term.

Hoilett controlled Joe Bennett’s long ball to cross for Zohore, who rifled home his fourth goal in six matches to make it 1-0 after 16 minutes.

Lloyd Dyer raced in behind the back four and whipped the ball across the face of goal for Darren Bent to tap in to level five minutes later.

But the Bluebirds got their noses in front in first-half stoppage time when Mendez-Laing charged down the wing and fired a shot into the roof of the net.

Paterson made sure of the three points in the 64th minute with his ninth goal of the season after Hoilett’s cross ricocheted off Craig Bryson and into his path.

“I’m not too bothered about records,” said Warnock. “I’m just going to enjoy it. We’re in a fantastic position so let’s enjoy it, we don’t feel the pressure.

“People usually mention records to me when we are losing and how we could break a new record for defeats.

“The lads are getting stronger. It’s a decent squad and with eight games to go we have to hang in and do our best.

“We knew it would be difficult against Burton. Everyone expected us to win and that’s the most difficult thing in football.

“Having conceded an equaliser, it was crucial to score again first and we managed to get that goal just before half-time.”

Burton are four points away from safety with seven matches remaining, and manager Nigel Clough cut a downbeat figure after their latest defeat.

He said: “We’re down in terms of our mood. When you’re losing games, that’s what it is.

“Anybody who’s seen us for the last eight weeks and the majority of the season, that’s been the same story. We can’t put the ball in the back of the net. We haven’t done it all season.

“I thought in the first 15 minutes it was the first time Cardiff got into our penalty area when they scored.

“We played quite well, created enough chances, missed them and gave away soft goals. The goal at the end of the first half knocked the stuffing out of us. It gave them a massive lift.

“We had two or three very good situations ourselves. Liam Boyce had one cleared off the line, Luke Murphy’s had a shot that just went wide and a header when he’s gone in on the goalkeeper.”


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