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Neil Warnock delivers message after vital win over Brentford



Neil Warnock was a delighted man last night after his Cardiff City side extended their lead over Aston Villa to four points.

Warnock is chasing the eighth promotion of his career in South Wales, with last night’s 3-1 win at Brentford giving them a comfortable lead in the automatic promotion spots.

It was the Bluebirds seventh win in a row and, coupled with Aston Villa’s surprise defeat against QPR, means they can’t be dragged into the play offs whatever the result of this weekend’s huge match with Derby.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m so proud of my lads,” Warnock told the club’s official site. “Many teams would have gone under tonight with the start we had and the way they were playing – but boy we hung in there and showed the character we’ve got.”

Brentford took an early lead through Neal Maupay, but goals from Souleymane Bamba and Callum Paterson gave the visitors the lead at half time. Kenneth Zohore put the game beyond doubt in the second period.

“We’ve not played against anything like that all season. They got the goal and could have got a couple more – a great save from Neil (Etheridge) kept us in it. I thought we controlled the game in the second-half, and could have had a couple more goals, but we can’t be too greedy.”

His Bluebirds role is his 17th in football management, a career spanning 38 years that started at Gainsborough Trinity in 1980. He was last promoted to the Premier League with Sheffield United in 2006.

The Verdict

Warnock is an experienced hand, that is for sure. He’s made Cardiff tough to beat and a danger going forward, two vital components in any promotion chasing side.

They’ve hit form at just the right time and have reeled Wolves in at the top of the table. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t snatch the title with the form they’re currently showing.

He’s every right to be proud of his players too, they’ve rarely let him down all season and look set for another stab at the Premier League.