On Saturday, the Bluebirds began 2016 with a crucial home win over Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship. Joe Mason scored the game’s only goal just before the hour mark and the victory saw City climb a place to ninth in the table.
Shortly after the final whistle, Cardiff City manager Russell Slade offered his thoughts to the assembled press and media.
“It was pleasing that, despite the busy festive programme, we came out in the second half and really got on the front foot,” said Russell. “In that period, we got the goal and possibly could have wrapped it up when Tony Watt went through one on one.
“The game management we displayed in the last ten minutes was extremely encouraging as well, we kept moving the ball in the dying moments and saw the game out comfortably.
“I was delighted with the clean sheet and the fact we’ve won at home; we’ve let a few leads slip here so it was very satisfying to get the result. Now we’re four points off the playoffs going into the second half of the season.
“There are no trophies or medals at the halfway stage but we are within striking distance of the leaders and that’s the most important thing. Those three points may prove vital come the end of the season.”
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