De­lighted Warnock’s got Ralls of steel

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By GREG ADAMS

NEIL WARNOCK said Cardiff even­tu­ally got what they de­served as they re­turned to win­ning ways.

But Sun­der­land, without a vic­tory on home soil since last De­cem­ber when they were strug­gling in the Premier League, slipped into the bot­tom three.

The Black Cats had briefly threat­ened to claim a point when Lyn­den Gooch scored his first league goal for the club with a penalty seven min­utes af­ter half-time.

But Cardiff, who had opened the scor­ing in the sev­enth minute through Craig Bryson, re­claimed the lead with a penalty of their own through Joe Ralls 17 min­utes from the end.

Cardiff boss Warnock said: “I thought we de­served it. We had a knock­back when they scored, which was a silly goal to give away.

“But in­stead of go­ing un­der we just got stronger and we re­ally started play­ing again.”

Neil Etheridge took a quick goal-kick into the Sun­der­land half, striker Kenneth Zo­hore made the first flick and the lively Nathaniel Men­dezLaing helped it on again into the path of Bryson, who struck his first-time shot be­yond Rob­bin Ruiter.

Sun­der­land sparked briefly into life af­ter the restart when Gooch took mat­ters into his own hands.

Af­ter forc­ing Etheridge into a save he was hauled down in the area eight min­utes into the sec­ond half by Cardiff skip­per Sean Mor­ri­son and Gooch sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot.

But Mor­ri­son made amends with 17 min­utes re­main­ing. He was gifted a penalty when he was shoved to the floor by Lamine Kone and then Ralls smashed it home to claim all three points.

Sun­der­land boss Si­mon Grayson said: “I’m frus­trated again. You look at things, pre­pare for a game, at 2pm to­day we showed them a pre­sen­ta­tion what Cardiff will do – flick-ons, run­ners from mid­field, showed them what was re­quired.

“Then six min­utes in and you are one down pre­cisely from what we showed them.

“They have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity, stay with run­ners, do what is re­quired.”

THREE AND EASY: Alavro Mo­rata taps in for his hat-trick to fin­ish off a great Chelsea move ■ EARLY START: Mo­rata scores af­ter 83 sec­onds ■

JUST TWO GOOD: Mo­rata clips in his sec­ond af­ter run­ning half the length of the pitch

SPOT PRIZE: Joe Ralls

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