Neil Warnock praised his “amazing group of players” following Saturday evening’s 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest.
Goals from Sean Morrison and Aron Gunnarsson secured a critical win in front of the cameras, with the Bluebirds moving back in to second place: they are now a point ahead of Fulham, with a game in hand over their West London rivals.
And speaking to the press and media following the final whistle, the Gaffer praised his side’s spirit and togetherness ahead of what could be a defining week for the Club.
“We always make it a little bit interesting, that’s why TV love us!” joked Neil. “There’s never a dull moment; we know we haven’t played as well as we can, but it was all about getting a result.
“Forest played with a freedom, they’ve nothing at stake, but all credit to the boys: they don’t know when they’re beaten. This is an amazing group of players and I’m so proud of them.”
Goal-scorers, Morrison and Gunnarsson, deservedly took most of the post-match plaudits, though further praise from the press and Manager alike was reserved for another City hero on the night.
Joe Ralls appeared in a City shirt for the first-time since the Bluebirds’ 1-0 victory over Bristol City on February 25th, and it was the 24-year-old’s set-piece delivery in the first-half that led to Morrison’s vintage opener
“I thought Joe was super,” Neil continued. “I was tempted to have him on the bench tonight and start him Tuesday, with [Craig] Bryson unable to play then [due to the terms of his loan agreement].
“But as [Kevin Blackwell] says: ‘Don’t worry about the next game, worry about this one.’ He’s right.”
Looking ahead, the Bluebirds travel to Pride Park on Tuesday evening, looking to establish a four-point gap over third place.
City’s destiny remains firmly in their own hands, and the Manager went on to stress that it was his side’s spirit that has put them in the position they currently find themselves.
He continued: “Derby County and Hull City away, and Reading at home: they’re as tough as they come. I don’t think there are any easy games, but what I do know is that we are going to fight right until the end.
“No matter what limitations we have, one thing they can’t take away from us is that team spirit. It’s fantastic.
“The glass is half full. I’ve been with some great groups and this is more than on a par with the best I’ve had.
“We don’t give in and we’ll carry on right until the end. The lads will be up and ready for Tuesday night.”
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