Cardiff City boss Russell Slade spoke to the media following Saturday's impressive 1-0 victory away at high flying Watford.
Russell spoke of his delight in not only achieving a first league away win of the campaign, but also the performance and dedication from the City players, saying, “It is a bit of a monkey off our back. We were always going to win away at some stage, but it was very nice to get it sooner rather than later.
“From my point of view that’s 16 points from eight games. We are not perfect. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but the good thing is that the whole group are all pulling in the same direction and buying into it.
“It was a good away performance against a good Watford side. They create chances against everyone in this league, but we were resolute and we kept persevering. It was a really, really solid performance. A resolute performance. It’s those type of performances that get you where you need to be.
“We could not have produced a performance like that three or four weeks ago, but the group is coming together now and working hard for each other. I saw some really good qualities. I’m delighted how they stuck to the game-plan. It is important to be difficult to beat away from home.
“I’m delighted for the group. It’s normal for people to knock us because we hadn’t won a game away from home, but it’s not easy to win games away from home. It was important that we delivered and we did.”
Forward Adam le Fondre scored the only goal of the match at Vicarage Road, and during his post match interview praised strike partner Kenwyne Jones for his crucial assist.
“I won’t score an easier goal than that. It’s a joy to play with Kenwyne," said Adam. “Kenwyne scarcely lost a challenge in the air and he’s superior to most forwards in the Championship. He is a player to be feared, wins just about every challenge and I can pretty much do what I want next to him.
“The simple goals are the best ones for me and maybe I got a bit of the luck which seemed to have deserted me.
“I have worked hard for the team, maybe harder than I have worked in my career, and I hope I will reap the rewards. It’s been disappointing getting chances and not taking them, but this is hopefully the start.
“Every player is buying into what the manager is asking from us. We are sticking to a game plan because we are good at playing that way. On a personal note it’s been great because the manager has given me the chance to play. I have done everything possible to make the most of that chance.”