Cardiff boss Warnock hails importance of win at Hull

Posted Sunday, April 29, 2018 by PA

Cardiff boss Warnock hails importance of win at Hull

Neil Warnock claimed Cardiff’s 2-0 win at Hull was one of the biggest moments of his lengthy managerial career as the Bluebirds maintained their push for automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

Fulham’s 2-1 win over Sunderland on Friday night meant Cardiff needed all three points at the KCOM Stadium to keep their fate in their own hands heading into next weekend’s regular season finale.

It was far from a stellar display but Sean Morrison scored in each half to lift Cardiff back up to second spot and one point ahead of their closest promotion rivals.

And Warnock, who has been in management since 1980, was not underestimating its significance.

He said: “It’s as big a game probably in my career when you look at (it). Everybody keeps expecting us to fall away.

“I know we’re limited and not everybody’s cup of tea but we’re not going away, we’re like a rash. I’m ever so proud of them, they just don’t know when they’re beat.

“They keep going, they’re a good group. They’re hard games, not pretty but at this stage of the season you can’t expect anything else.

“I thought we did well in the fact that I don’t think (goalkeeper) Neil (Etheridge) had a save to make even though they had a lot of good play at times. It was good to score the goals, I thought we showed have scored a couple more.”

Attention now turns to next Sunday, when Cardiff host Reading and Fulham visit Birmingham, who, alongside the Royals, have not yet guaranteed their status in the second tier.

Warnock added: “We’ve both got hard games. They both need a point to be safe and we all know there are no easy games in this league.

“But it is nice to be in your hands.”

The only setback for Cardiff was the early loss of midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, who limped off with knee and ankle problems.

Warnock is unsure whether he will have the Iceland international back against Reading, adding: “We won’t really know until tomorrow.”

Hull were also forced to make a change in the opening quarter of an hour as defender Angus MacDonald suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder after landing awkwardly.

The Tigers assured their place in the Championship next season after an extraordinary 5-5 draw at Bristol City last week.

Even though manager Nigel Adkins was far from satisfied with their display in their final home game of the campaign, he took solace from achieving the brief he was assigned when he was appointed last December.

“I’m really disappointed (with the defeat),” he said) “But (assistant) Andy Crosby’s just said ‘listen, remember what we’ve come here to do, to make sure we stayed in the division and we’ve done that’.

“(The defeat) highlighted several things for me. Credit to them, but there was no flow to the game, it was stop-start. It was tedious to watch from my point of view. But the big picture is we’re in the Championship next season.

“Maybe today’s performance has highlighted we’ve got a lot of work to go and do.

“But the players have worked really hard and the pressure was off them today. The pressure was all on Cardiff. It hasn’t happened for us today.”


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