Last night, Cardiff City got a massive win at home to then-league leaders West Brom as the Bluebirds showed that they have what it takes to beat the best sides in the division.
Callum Paterson poked in during the first half as a long throw from Will Vaulks caused confusion in the six-yard box, before Charlie Austin slotted in a penalty after Filip Krovinović had been brought down by Jazz Richards inside the area.
Attacking midfielder Lee Tomlin was on hand to convert the winner, however, as his deft free-kick from the edge of the area beat the wall and the keeper, giving the Bluebirds a boost in their playoff ambitions.
Here, we take a look at three things we learned about Cardiff after their win against West Brom…
Vaulks can be a key player
Central midfielder Will Vaulks has struggled to nail down a place in the starting 11 this season after signing in the summer, but he staked a claim with his performance against West Brom.
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The former Rotherham man was able to nick the ball in central midfield and slide it through to the forwards, while he kept it safe while in possession and didn’t take any unnecessary risks.
Vaulks has proven that he has the capabilities to become a key player at The Cardiff City Stadium, and Harris will be looking to include him more often if he keeps up the good form.
Harris has worked wonders
Since being appointed in November, manager Neil Harris has turned the side’s playing style around.
Gone are the days where the Bluebirds would look towards a strong target man to hold the ball up, but instead they choose to keep the ball and look as if they are comfortable while on the ball.
The Bluebirds players are always looking to get the ball forward, and they have a positive mentality instilled in them due to Harris.
Paterson has found his best position
Attacking midfielder Callum Paterson may have found his best position now as the No.10 in Harris’ 4-2-3-1 formation.
His inclusion against West Brom saw Tomlin have to sit on the bench for 64 minutes, however, Paterson helped to control the midfield when given the ball and he played a key role.
Having been used as a striker, winger and right-back during his time at Cardiff, the midfielder looked at home during the match with West Brom and is likely to be used there in future.