Neil Warnock Reveals Negative Press Coverage Helped Cardiff During Crucial Brighton Win

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Neil Warnock has revealed negative coverage of his side spurred them on during their crucial 2-0 victory over fellow strugglers Brighton on Tuesday night.

Cardiff travelled to the south coast for a game dubbed the ‘relegation showdown’ and the Bluebirds produced a brilliant performance to stun the home side and take all three points in a resounding 2-0 victory.

The win saw Cardiff reduce the gap between themselves and the Seagulls to just two points, as they live to fight another day in the Premier League.

With a poor run of form leaving the Welsh side five points from safety going into the game, many had already deemed them a lost cause in the relegation battle. However, Warnock implied after the match that it was the dismissive coverage of his side that helped the team ​win at the AMEX.

As quoted by ​Evening Express, Warnock said: “There were so many pundits this morning [who] said it would be our last game in the ​Premier League. We’re alive and kicking.

“I was proud of the performance: it was disciplined, I think we could have created a few more (chances) but overall I was delighted with all the departments.”

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​Brighton still have a game in hand on ​Cardiff, so there is a long way to go for the Bluebirds to survive, and Warnock was aware of that, adding: “I’ve never lost belief that we can win games. But whether we can get enough points is a different ball game.”

Quizzed on whether Cardiff have a points target in mind for survival, the Yorkshireman admitted: “No, we don’t. We might not get another point. I honestly don’t know.

“But we’re quite capable of picking points up off any of the teams we’ve got to play. You might think I’m in cuckoo land, but I think that we’ve got that ability on our day.”

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It doesn’t get any easier for Warnock, as up next Cardiff host league leaders ​Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. With the Reds playing away in Portugal on Wednesday night, the Bluebirds boss will be relishing the opportunity to climb out of the bottom three.

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