Winger's masterclass brings Bluebirds back into the Play-Off picture...
Cardiff City recorded an impressive 3-1 win away to Wolves on Saturday thanks, in no small part, to Craig Noone’s influential contribution.
The winger scored two superb goals and assisted the third to set City on their way to victory.
It was a performance befitting of a squad clearly uniting in the face of a week of adversity following defeats to Shrewsbury Town and Hull City.
The result meant that the Bluebirds completed the double over their Black Country opposition, following a 2-0 victory at Cardiff City Stadium in August. Shortly after the final whistle, an elated Noone shared his thoughts.
“I was delighted with those two goals today,” Craig began. “I just need to keep going and take this kind of form into the next game and beyond.
“I felt like I grew in confidence with each goal and as the match went on - I was definitely playing with my tail up.
“For the second goal, I was right behind the ball as I struck it and was able to watch it the whole way. It was a great feeling seeing it sail into the corner of the net. I’ll have to watch it back to see if it’s the best goal I’ve scored this season. I think the ones against MK Dons and Fulham would be right up there as well!
“The assist for our third goal was really pleasing too – it was nice to see Joe Ralls get on the score sheet.
“Overall, it was a fantastic team performance and we did really well, man for man. We dominated the game from start to finish and we managed to see it out without any problems. We’ll gain a lot of confidence from this going forward.
“It was probably the best ninety minutes we’ve produced this season and the positivity on display was the highlight of my day. We always want to do better though and we’ll have a look in the coming week at areas we can improve.”
Craig was also full of praise for teammates Lee Peltier and Anthony Pilkington. The latter had a fine afternoon at Molineux, demonstrating his versatility by leading the line expertly for Russell Slade’s men.
“Pelts and I have got a really good understanding down the right hand side,” Craig continued. “It probably helps both of us being Scousers as it means we can understand each other! We’ve played a lot of games on the same side now and the way we play together is getting better all the time.
“I thought Pilks was excellent up front for us too. His hold up play was fantastic and he was a real handful for their defenders who had a lot of experience between them. He clearly thrived on the opportunity of playing in the number nine role and he produced the goods for us.”
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