RALLS: TEAM ETHIC LEADING TO POINTS
Impressive midfielder highlights 'better understanding' as key to Bluebirds' improvement
Joe Ralls spoke to press & media after an impressive personal display in Cardiff City’s 2-0 win over Birmingham City – a performance that Assistant Manager Scott Young praised as having come from “one of the best professionals” he’d seen during his time at Cardiff City.
“We were a little bit flat in the first half, but I think we picked it up second half and we deserved to win in the end,” Joe reflected. "I think we moved the ball quicker in the second half and had a bit more intent.
“Eoin Doyle came on, got himself a goal, won us the penalty and was brilliant so that will do him the world of good. All in all it was a good win for us.”
“The boys are happy for him (Eoin) as well. He got his first goal and did brilliantly to get the penalty, which helped us see off the game in the end. He’ll be happy today for sure and hopefully that will kick him on for the final seven games and he’ll get a few more goals to take into next season.
“Personally, I was glad to get a full game and I am happy to play anywhere really. It was good to get on the ball and I enjoyed it today.The coaching staff and manager know that I like to play in the middle, but I am happy to do the inside left role or fill in at left back when needed. It’s nice to be on the pitch and playing in games.”
And the Bluebirds Academy Graduate stated that it’s a better understanding of each other that is contributing to improved form – highlighting a number of impressive displays that contributed to the side’s latest victory.
“I think we are mixing the play up better now; this is a tough league and you can’t keep playing the same way,” Joe added. “We use Kenwyne Jones and Alex Revell, who are threats for us [aerially], but we are also playing more football now as well.
“Matt Kennedy did well when he came on and I think Fabio has been brilliant in the last couple of games since he has come in. He’s aggressive, gets his challenges in and has proven to be a winger’s nightmare. Today, he was at it again and was brilliant.”