Sunday 15 September 2019

'Miracle' tackle delights Warnock

Crystal Palace 0 Cardiff 0

Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace tracks down the ball. Photo: Getty
Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace tracks down the ball. Photo: Getty

Neil Warnock hailed the challenge from Bruno Ecuele Manga as a "miracle" after it denied Wilfried Zaha a near-certain goal and earned Cardiff a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.

The point was only their second away from home in this season's Premier League, since that at Huddersfield in August, and came as they were consistently forced to resist intense pressure.

Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace challenges for the ball with Sean Morrison of Cardiff City. Photo: Getty
Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace challenges for the ball with Sean Morrison of Cardiff City. Photo: Getty

At the halfway stage of the league season Cardiff are on course to survive but had Zaha scored when he raced through on goal in the 86th minute, until Manga magnificently denied him, they would instead have been reflecting on a third successive defeat.

After watching Palace not score from 31 shots on goal, the 70-year-old Cardiff manager said: "I don't know how Bruno got to that. A miracle, that.

"Somebody above us; a magnificent tackle. He couldn't catch him given (he had given Zaha) a five-yard start."

He added: "We're looking at bringing players in (in January), but it's not simple. We're not going to spend stupid money.

David Junior Hoilett of Cardiff City is challenged by Cheikhou Kouyate of Crystal Palace. Photo: Getty
David Junior Hoilett of Cardiff City is challenged by Cheikhou Kouyate of Crystal Palace. Photo: Getty

"One or two have done that in the past and it's not been the right thing for the club. It would be the biggest achievement of my career by an absolute mile (to keep Cardiff up)."

It was the lack of a reliable striker that again undermined Palace, demonstrating how remarkable last week's 3-2 victory at Manchester City truly was, and their manager Roy Hodgson said: "We have to bite the bullet."

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