Cardiff - Cardiff manager Neil Warnock praised
his players for paying tribute to the late Emiliano Sala with their
vital 2-1 victory at Southampton.
At the conclusion of the week in which the club-record signing's body
was recovered from the crashed plane that had been taking him to
Cardiff, they ensured the club's first successive top-flight victories
since April 1962 with Kenneth Zohore's dramatic goal in the third minute
of stoppage time.
That Southampton had pulled level just two minutes earlier through
Jack Stephens and appeared to have secured a draw furthered the
demonstration of Cardiff's character, which was also rewarded with them
climbing clear of the Premier League‘s bottom three and arresting their
With fixtures against Watford, Everton, Wolves and West Ham in the
coming weeks Warnock's team could edge closer to what was an unlikely
target of preserving their Premier League status.
Warnock said: "We could easily have folded, but we were determined.
We're limited, but you can't question their character and what they've
got under their shirts, because they’ve bags of heart.
"We've won two on the trot but it should be three; we should have
beaten Arsenal. That was the first game since the tragedy; the three
games since we've been superb.
"Emiliano was a fabulous lad, and it's appropriate we came down with
our black armbands on and put in a performance like that. We could have
put that ball in the corner from the free-kick, but it's 'We’ve got to
put it in the box and have a go'."
The Bluebirds now have a 12 day break before facing Watfrod at home on 22 February.