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Warnock: I'm so proud of my lads!

13 March 2018

Neil Warnock addressed the assembled press and media following City's seventh consecutive victory - a 3-1 away win over Brentford at Griffin Park.

The Sky Bet Championship results on Tuesday evening saw the Bluebirds' dramatic turnaround put them seven points clear of third-placed Aston Villa - and the Gaffer was understandably delighted with the performance of his team in the face of adversity.

“It’s a great feeling and I’m so proud of my lads," began Neil. "Many teams would have gone under tonight with the start we had and the way they were playing – but boy we hung in there and showed the character we’ve got.

“We’ve not played against anything like that all season. They got the goal and could have got a couple more – a great save from Neil [Etheridge] kept us in it.

“I thought we took control after that and created a number of chances in the first-half. It took a wonder goal from Sol [Bamba] to equalise. To score just on half time was cracking as well. Junior Hoilett provided a great ball across for Callum Paterson who did what he’s good at and it was a good goal too.

“I thought we controlled the game in the second-half, and could have had a couple more goals, but we can’t be too greedy.

The Gaffer went on to reveal what his side took from the game before singling out the Bluebirds players and fans for additional praise.

“We’ve learnt a lot tonight," he continued. "I think Marko [Grujić] and Loïc [Damour] have realised what the Championship is all about – they had to work their socks off and Paterson did a great job.

“The forwards worked hard too. I thought Kenneth [Zohore] was really sharp and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing looked himself again with Junior [Hoilett].

“At the back I can’t fault anybody. Joe Bennett and Bruno [Ecuele Manga] did superbly. Neil [Etheridge] made some good saves when he had to. The two centre-backs, you can’t say much more about them.

“Then the football came through, we were passing it around and playing well. I thought it was a really good team performance because Brentford aren’t a bad side.

“What a great travelling crowd tonight too. They really got behind us and the noise was fabulous. I was glad we were kicking that way second-half!”

Following the superb fightback at Griffin Park, the City boss finished by speaking about the spirit within his Bluebirds squad.

"It's something I pride myself on, if I'm honest," he added. "It's a lovely feeling. I look around the dressing room before I game and I think: 'Wow, I'm glad these are my lads.' 

"I'm really proud to be Manager of them and I'm proud when I see the supporters like that. It's nice to make people smile."

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