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Postby Forever Blue » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:01 am

Neil Warnock 100th game: The best Cardiff City wins and goals from incredible tenure


Neil Warnock will take charge of Cardiff City for the 100th time this weekend when the Bluebirds welcome Brighton to the Welsh capital.


By Chris Coleman & Ian Mitchelmore


Wednesday 7th November 2018



The Yorkshireman has had 99 games with the club so far, winning 45 of those matches.

So ahead of the landmark, we picked out the best wins and goals from his time in the Cardiff City Stadium hotsteat.



Best win - Leeds United 1-4 Cardiff City (February 3, 2018)

I could so easily have picked the home win over Leeds, but the away triumph, at a notoriously hostile ground, was a significant statement of intent from the Bluebirds following the conclusion of the January transfer window.

A torrid Christmas and a tricky New Year had threatened to completely derail the Bluebirds' promotion bid.

But victory at Elland Road helped to form what went on to become a pivotal 13-game unbeaten run for Warnock's men.

They showed everything on that occasion. Skill, brute force, energy, physicality and defiance, they had the lot.

And it really felt like a moment where Cardiff got themselves right back in the race for a top two spot.

The away win at Hull last season, the victory over Fulham in October and the wins against Derby and Aston Villa in Warnock's debut campaign were all hugely significant too.






Best goal - Anthony Pilkington v Sheffield United (April 2, 2018)

For the sheer visual spectacle of limbs flying across the away end alone, this goal gets my vote.

It was a miserable night in Sheffield for Cardiff who never looked like getting anything from the game.

But Pilkington rescued a point in dramatic fashion at the death as Cardiff stretched their unbeaten run to 13 games.

It fully encapsulated (although back-to-back defeats followed!) the Bluebirds' spirit under Warnock and showed how having foundations built on sheer effort has played a major part in their recent success.

Pilkington's second at Bristol City in January 2017 and Sean Morrison's second at Hull in April were memorable for different reasons too, as was Danny Ward's stunner at Nottingham Forest.






Neil Warnock's 99 not out :bluebird: :bluebird:

Games managed: 99

Wins: 45

Draws: 21

Defeats: 33

Win percentage: 45.5%









Best win - Cardiff City 3-0 Aston Villa (August 12, 2017)

A performance that set the tone for Cardiff's promotion season and perhaps snapshots the 'Warnock Way' at its finest. Fast, direct and brutally clinical football from Cardiff with the front three of Kenneth Zohore, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Junior Hoilett all in sparkling form.

Not even the great John Terry could cope with the Bluebirds that day and to watch Mendez-Laing cut in and curl a beauty into the top corner was a joy.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was magnificent in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa (Image: Huw Evans Picture Agency)
It was the moment you felt Warnock's side really had a chance of promotion, with the 2-1 win at Wolves a week later reinforcing that view.

That Molineux victory would be right up there, so too the 4-2 win over Fulham this season. And Cardiff's 2-0 win at Hull on the penultimate day of last season deserves a mention.

Best goal - Sol Bamba v Brentford (March 13, 2018)

It was one of the key moments of Cardiff's promotion charge last season, a stunning strike to turn the tide of a game that was passing them by. And who better to clinch it than Sol Bamba, one of Warnock's stalwarts in these 100 games at the Bluebirds helm.

Bamba turned and volleyed to level the scores and set the platform for a crucial 3-1 win at Griffin Park. Even Warnock himself was taken aback on the touchline and now remembers this as one of the highlights of his Cardiff tenure.

Special mentions must go to the brilliant team goal, finished by Kenneth Zohore at home to Leeds United; Junior Hoilett's brilliant long-range strikes at Millwall and Norwich, as well as Danny Ward's goal at Nottingham Forest last season.






Best win - Wolves 1-2 Cardiff City (August 19, 2017)

The win over Wolves is still at the top for me. After a promising start of three straight wins, coming to Molineux and beating the best team in the division (deservedly too) really felt like the moment Cardiff announced themselves as contenders for promotion.

Wolves would of course go on to win the league rather comfortably, and did get their revenge on the Bluebirds during that astonishing game at the Cardiff City Stadium in the reverse fixture.

But in many ways that only makes this win stand out more in terms of its significance.

Okay, there were a few bumps on the road to promotion, and Warnock himself wasn't exactly singing from the rooftops about Cardiff's promotion chances after this win, but for there's no question that this victory played a big part in setting the tone for the rest of the season.

Not only that, but it sowed the seeds of an intriguing rivalry between Warnock and Nuno Espirito Santo, with the latter becoming one of the first to trot out the tired and boring line about Cardiff being an overly-physical team. It feels a while ago now, but at the time Cardiff fans rightly revelled in such bitterness.

Have to give an honourable mention to the away win at Hull, which was arguably the win that effectively sealed promotion. The swagger of both wins over Leeds were delightful too, as was City's win over Fulham in the Premier League.






Best goal - Kenneth Zohore v Leeds United (September 26, 2017)

I still love watching this goal.

As I mentioned above, Cardiff have often come in for criticism over their style of play under Warnock, but this was a lovely reminder that they can actually play some genuinely brilliant football.

Zohore's lay-off to Hoilett on the edge of the area, the one-two between the Canadian and Loic Damour to open up space for Sean Morrison on the right (yes, I can't believe that either), and the fizzed low ball across the goal fro Zohore to tap in. Perfection.






A truly great team goal.

Zohore's stunner against Fulham narrowly misses out, while other mentions must go to Sol Bamba for his strike against Brentford and Danny Ward's pearler against Forest.
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