Cardiff City earned a superb 2-0 victory at Bristol City
RUSSELL SLADE senses growing belief among Cardiff’s players and supporters that this could be a promotion season.
The Bluebirds took another step towards the Championship play-offs with a strong defensive display at Ashton Gate.
And that efficiency at the back ensured a goal in each half from Lex Immers and Stuart O’Keefe would be enough to overcome strugglers Bristol City.
Manager Slade said: “We are working hard to maintain our current momentum because we have an opportunity this season and we are desperate not to waste it.
“The object was to win, whether it was ugly or with a bit of class. It wasn’t a classic performance, but it was very efficient.
“Our target all season has been the top six and I believe we are still improving. We pride ourselves on working every day to get better and a belief is growing among the players and the fans.
“Our supporters were really special. I think they share the view that we have turned a corner and hopefully we can keep building on our current run.
“Bristol City are a tall, strong side and we had to be prepared for that. We felt we could get down the sides of their centre-backs and that is what happened for the first goal.
“We’ve had to defend and show a different side of ourselves, particularly in the second period where we’ve defended our box really well. And we were ruthless going forward and took our chances really well.
“I see this as continued momentum. We’ve lost one in nine so that’s important, to be hitting that type of form at this stage of the season.”
A sell-out crowd of 15,758 for the noon kick-off saw Cardiff take a 21st-minute lead. Joe Ralls was allowed space to deliver a low cross from the left of the penalty area and Immers netted with a low drive from 12 yards.
Bristol battled hard to regain parity and might have had a firsthalf penalty when Bobby Reid appeared to be fouled as he attempted to follow up a Jonathan Kodjia shot.
But Cardiff stayed solid and any doubt about the result was removed on 83 minutes.Tom Lawrence’s shot after cutting in from the left was
FLYING HIGH: Lex Immers celebrates the opener