Harris | Going in the right direction

Neil Harris spoke at Deepdale following the Bluebirds’ 3-1 win over Preston North End.

Goals from Joe Ralls and substitutes Nathaniel Mendez-Laing & Robert Glatzel secured the victory for City, who now overtake their opponents to sit sixth in the Championship table.

“It was a huge win," Neil began. “We’ve had praise this week from the media and fans after the Leeds performance and result and to follow it up today in the manner that we did against a good Preston side is impressive.

“I’m delighted we’ve played so well again with the football. Ultimately, at this stage of the season though it is all about the three points.

“It’s another confidence boost for us and pushes us in the right direction."

Following this win, Harris' men entered the play-off spots. The City boss continued: “I’ve got really humble lads. They don’t get carried away. A lot of these players have been involved in the end of season run-in before. We’ll take one game at a time.

“It’s about concentrating on the next fixture, which for us is Charlton on Tuesday."

In both Bluebirds matches since football's return, replacements from the bench have played a crucial part in securing victories.

“The impact of the substitutes is huge," Harris added. "Mendy (Nathaniel Mendez-Laing) and Bobby (Robert Glatzel) coming on and scoring today and Tommo (Lee Tomlin) got an assist too. Marlon Pack as well late on to help tighten it up. Squad depth is going to be vital."

City forward Robert Glatzel has come off the substitutes bench to net in each of his last two games for the Bluebirds, taking his tally to seven goals in all competitions this season.

“We’re starting to see Robert bear the fruit of the work that I’ve done with him over a period of time and the mentality that he has to be a success at Cardiff City and as a Championship striker.

“His finishing is as good as anybody that I’ve worked with as a player or a coach. It has been the all-round game he has had to learn more about. The robustness of the Championship.

“He’s a hungry lad, who wants to score goals. If we can get him competing with his all round game, then we’ve got a real threat on our hands.

"I’m really pleased for him.”

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