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Junior Hoilett’s piledriver secured a third Premier League win for the Bluebirds

Last Updated: 30/11/18 11:20pm








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Neil Warnock was full of praise for his Cardiff side after they came from behind to beat Wolves 2-1 in the Premier League

Neil Warnock was full of praise for his Cardiff side after they came from behind to beat Wolves 2-1 in the Premier League

Neil Warnock praised the resilience of his Cardiff side after they secured a 2-1 win over Wolves on the eve of his 70th birthday.

Matt Doherty’s close-range finish put Wolves ahead after 18 minutes, however, Aron Gunnarsson’s scruffy effort levelled matters for Cardiff after 65 minutes.

Junior Hoilett’s stunning long-range curler turned the game on its head 12 minutes later and moved Cardiff out of the relegation zone after recording back-to-back top-flight home wins for the first time since 1961-62

Warnock, though, felt his side deserved all three points at the Cardiff City Stadium, having been unfortunate to end the first half a goal behind.

Aron Gunnarsson netted an acrobatic equaliser for the Bluebirds Aron Gunnarsson netted an acrobatic equaliser for the Bluebirds

Aron Gunnarsson netted an acrobatic equaliser for the Bluebirds

Speaking to Sky Sports after the full-time whistle, Warnock told the Friday Night Football panel of Kelly Cates, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher: “I was really proud of them tonight. We were 1-0 down at half-time – I didn’t think we deserved to be, but that’s how it was. I thought, second half, we were on the front foot, most of the time, really.

“Gunnars [Aron Gunnarsson] knows he made a mistake; we’d just told him about Doherty pulling off and making sure to get the second ball but he’s apologised. I thought, second half, we had some good opportunities. Yes, we could get caught on the break but I thought we wanted it more tonight.”

Highlights from Cardiff's 2-1 win over Wolves in the Premier League Highlights from Cardiff's 2-1 win over Wolves in the Premier League

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Doherty’s first-half strike means Cardiff, alongside Newcastle, have now conceded a joint-Premier League-high seven goals from set-pieces this season and Warnock admitted his frustration at the statistic, with his team having prided themselves on defensive solidity since he took over in October 2016.

He added: “It was our strength last year, but no matter what you say and no matter how much you work on it, you can’t do anything about it if lads don’t [do what they are supposed to do]. But they are all doing their best and you can’t have a go, we’ve just got to work harder to make sure we defend even better.

“In the first half, I don’t think we picked up enough second balls and we were waiting for things to happen. We were a little bit, not in awe, but a little bit apprehensive. I said at half-time, ‘We’re in the Premier League, let’s have a go at them! Let’s close them down, let’s play in their faces And I thought we did that.

Warnock was delighted to see his side climb out of the Premier League bottom three Warnock was delighted to see his side climb out of the Premier League bottom three

Warnock was delighted to see his side climb out of the Premier League bottom three

“Not just getting the ball, second balls, we wanted it that second half and I’m so pleased for them.”

Man-of-the-match Hoilett has struggled in front of goal this term following an 11-goal haul in the Championship last season and, though Warnock joked that deploying the Canadian at left wing-back caused him “sleepless minutes” last night, he praised his impact across the pitch.

He said: “I must admit, last night, I did have a few sleepless minutes because I had Junior Hoilett and Victor [Camarasa] as wing-backs! But we wanted to have a go. Last year, we beat them up at Molineux, but down here last year they dominated us from the back, the centre-halves had possession and we never got amongst them, really.

“I spoke to Junior before the game – he’s not had a great time this season – and I spoke to Vincent [Tan, Cardiff’s owner] in Kuala Lumpur and he said you’re not having enough shots. I said to him, ‘Vincent, I’m playing Junior at left wing-back, he’s going to shoot from everywhere!’

“That is a great goal and I think he showed – not just attacking but defensive-wise too – he did a great job tonight.”

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