Cardiff City earned a su­perb 2-0 vic­tory at Bris­tol City

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Richard Latham

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

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