Warnock: Team spirit has taken us where we are


Neil Warnock held a Monday morning press conference ahead of Cardiff City’s midweek trip to face Derby County.

The Bluebirds are preparing to travel to Pride Park in high spirits as they look to keep momentum going following Saturday’s superb victory over Nottingham Forest.

And the Gaffer began by explaining just how much he enjoys working with this group of players day in, day out.

“It’s a pleasure really,” he said. “We’ve built it slowly but surely since I came here. The players that were here have responded and the lads we brought in have bought into it as well. It’s just fabulous.

“We’ve got one or two good players as well, but I think everyone knows that the team spirit has taken us where we are.

“I think it’s surprised the players as well, but all credit to them - they just don’t give up and they keep going.”

Next, the Gaffer turned his attention to Tuesday evening’s opposition, who also have plenty riding on the game, as they look to maintain their push for a play-off spot.

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“We’re just looking forward to the three games - not just Derby County,” continued Neil. “It’s always special when you go there, as it’s lovely and what I call a proper Football Club.

“They’ve always got a very loud backing and I’m sure there’s a lot of pressure on them as well to get into the play-offs. Everything is set up to be a really cracking game.

“I like Gary [Rowett] too; I speak to him - I have done in the past anyhow - and I think he’s a really good manager.

“I think he’s always done a very good job and is very much like myself really - I hope he doesn’t mind me saying that. He’s very sincere, puts everything into his job and likes his players to give him everything too.”

Finally, the City Boss previewed the Bluebirds’ Sky Bet Championship run-in, underlining the fact that his troops are relishing the challenge ahead of them, as they have all season.

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“As I said, in any normal season Fulham would have walked it by now,” he added. “22 games undefeated, with the players that they’ve got.

"They must have wanted to swat us away but we’ve been like a rash. We just keep going and it’s made for an interesting end to the season for TV and the media.

“I think the lads are all looking forward to it. We’ll be going there to try and win the game, like Derby will.”