Slade de­fi­ant as Bluebirds tame Wolves

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By An­drew Gwilym

RUS­SELL Slade hit back at his crit­ics af­ter watch­ing his Cardiff side out­line their pro­mo­tion cre­den­tials by beat­ing a Wolves side tipped for the play-offs.

Ken­wyne Jones and Sammy Ameobi got the goals for the Bluebirds as they picked up their first win of the sea­son against Kenny Jack­ett’s men.

Jones, mak­ing his first start of the sea­son, cap­i­talised on an er­ror by Carl Ikeme by nod­ding Fabio’s cross be­yond the ad­vanc­ing Wolves’ keeper.

The gi­ant striker was forced off by an an­kle in­jury af­ter the break, and sub­sti­tute Sammy Ameobi wasted lit­tle time mak­ing an im­pact as his de­flected shot from Kag­isho Dik­ga­coi’s knock­down flew into the net for his first goal in Cardiff colours.

Man­ager Slade has had to put up with plenty of stick from the Cardiff City Sta­dium faith­ful since his ap­point­ment ten months ago, but there are signs his men are start­ing to turn the cor­ner.

“Ev­ery­body thought I would be down the road by the end of Au­gust I guess,” said Slade, who also re­vealed Jones’ in­jury will need a scan to de­ter­mine the sever­ity of the prob­lem.

“We are in a good place at the mo­ment and are play­ing the way I want us to.

“It was im­por­tant we got out first win and it will build con­fi­dence. It is clear to see we are pro­gress­ing.

“It was pretty even in the first pe­riod but we man­aged to draw first blood which is im­por­tant.

“The goal­keeper was com­mit­ted and Ken­wyne just had to get some­thing on it and it went in.

“From there we con­trolled the sec­ond half and Sammy showed us glimpses of what he can do.”

While Slade was beam­ing, Wolves boss Jack­ett was dis­tinctly unim­pressed by a per­for­mance that saw his side fail to register a sin­gle shot on tar­get.

“I felt we had a lot of the ball, we dom­i­nated the first half but we never re­ally hurt Cardiff,” he said.

“The stats show we did not have a shot on tar­get and that tells its own story.

“Con­vert­ing pos­ses­sion into chances, mak­ing sure you go past peo­ple, com­mit­ting peo­ple and hav­ing a hunger to do that is a big thing.

“I think Carl could have stayed on his line for their first goal.

“We had a two against one sit­u­a­tion in terms of de­fend­ers and at­tack­ers com­pet­ing for that header and it would not have gone in had he stayed on his line.

“It was not as if it was a pow­er­ful header as the chal­lenge be­tween the three de­fend­ers took the pace off the ball.”

HEAD BOY: Ken­wyne Jones scores the first goal for Cardiff

STAR MAN KENWY

NE JONES

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