Monday 22 July 2019

Warnock praises Cardiff's tribute to Sala

Southampton 1 Cardiff City 2

A screen shows a tribute to the late Emiliano Sala. Photo: PA
A screen shows a tribute to the late Emiliano Sala. Photo: PA

Neil Warnock praised his Cardiff players for paying tribute to the late Emiliano Sala with their vital victory at Southampton.

At the conclusion of the week in which their 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 1962 with Kenneth Zohore's goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock celebrates after the match. Photo: Reuters
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock celebrates after the match. Photo: Reuters

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. 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.

"We could easily have folded, but we were determined," said Warnock. "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 next few games are all winnable.

Southampton's Ryan Bertrand in action with Cardiff City's Callum Paterson. Photo: Reuters
Southampton's Ryan Bertrand in action with Cardiff City's Callum Paterson. Photo: Reuters

"All three subs were brilliant. Ken's (Zohore) back to himself; his eyes are bright. Victor's (Camarasa) made the goal, and (recent signing Leandro) Bacuna fitted in as if he's been there his whole life."

Crystal Palace 1 West Ham United 1

Wilfried Zaha returned with a goal to secure a point for Crystal Palace yesterday. The striker, back from suspension and able to face the Hammers after appealing against an additional ban, struck 14 minutes from time to rescue a share of the spoils.

Mark Noble had fired West Ham into a first-half lead from the penalty spot, but Palace were worth their point and would have equalised earlier but for an incredible miss by James McArthur.

Instead it was Zaha, sent off at Southampton last week for sarcastically clapping the referee, who milked the applause with his late leveller. Zaha ran at the West Ham defence, before seeing his angled drive loop off the boot of Issa Diop and over Lukasz Fabianski.

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