Tuesday 14 August 2018

Warnock upbeat after Cardiff slump

Bournemouth 2 Cardiff City 0

Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser scores his side's opener. Photo: Reuters
Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser scores his side's opener. Photo: Reuters

Ed Elliot

Neil Warnock believes Cardiff have little to fear in the Premier League despite their opening-day defeat at Bournemouth. The newly-promoted Bluebirds produced a battling display on the south coast, but created little and were left empty-handed after goals from Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson earned the Cherries the points.

City captain Sean Morrison almost bundled home a second-half equaliser at the Vitality Stadium, while Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge saved Wilson's first-half penalty. Manager Warnock was pleased with the performance of his players and urged them to have more belief about competing in the top flight.

Cardiff City's Joe Ralls in action with Bournemouth's Callum Wilson. Photo: Reuters
Cardiff City's Joe Ralls in action with Bournemouth's Callum Wilson. Photo: Reuters

"I think the start of the game, one or two were really nervous, but as the game wore on we thought, 'bloody hell, not as good as that, is it?'" said Warnock.

"We haven't got to fear anything really. Little bit more clinical, little bit more quality in certain areas, I think we could have tested them a lot more, but that's to be worked on."

Victory for Eddie Howe's men comes a decade after they began with a 17-point deduction in League Two and he is delighted with the club's progress.

"That season is etched in my memory because it was just incredible what happened," said Howe.

Cardiff City's Bobby Reid strikes a free kick. Photo: Reuters
Cardiff City's Bobby Reid strikes a free kick. Photo: Reuters

"From that moment to this, this club's unrecognisable. So much has happened, if you'd sat someone down and said this will be the next 10 years for this football club, you'd have carted them off and said they were mad.

"It just goes to show what can happen in football. As much as we are pleased and happy with today, we have to remain very level-headed, we need to build the football club," he added.

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