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Warnock: “The Squad Is As Good As It Can Be”

9 August 2017

After Tuesday’s First Round victory against Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup, Neil Warnock spoke to the assembled press and media.

“I thought we started the game off alright then we were really sloppy," Neil began. "I had a fair few words at half time. Second half and extra time we were super, fitness wise, although then (we were) missing great chances to win the game.

“All credit to them persevering. I thought the fitness once again showed through. I thought that at Burton on Saturday. Tonight’s been another good session.

“The squad is as good as it can be really. I think we’re competitive. Everyone wants another one or two players but we have to keep going and hopefully get a really good draw."

Greg Halford wins it for Cardiff City

The Gaffer spoke highly of the impact of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing in the second half. The winger created several chances and scored the equaliser for Warnock’s side just moments after coming on.

“That’s what we wanted with Kadeem missing out, we just wanted that little bit more impact in the second half.

“He’s getting stronger, got a lot to learn still. He’ll learn as he’s a raw lad but he’s so keen to do well and listens to everything I say.

“When I first met him, it had to be a quick decision because another club were going to sign him that day. Before we even spoke in terms of money wise I just knew he was the right one for me. You get those feelings as a manager.”

Mendez-Laing levels it up with his first Cardiff City goal

The Bluebirds now face two home games in succession, starting with Aston Villa on Saturday (12th) and Sheffield United the following Tuesday (15th).

“I’m looking forward to it. The next two games are brilliant, brilliant for me! Aston Villa is John Terry’s first away game and our first home match in the league and Sheffield United on Tuesday. Couldn’t be better than that really.

“My family are coming down for that and looking forward to both (games).”


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