Ma­dine has spurred on Zo­hore’

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ing both com­pe­ti­tion and a share of the goalscor­ing bur­den.

And with Ma­dine hav­ing kept him on the bench for the past two games, Zo­hore bounced back against Bolton, with Warnock say­ing: “I think we saw the best game he’s played this sea­son.

“I told him after­wards I should have signed Ma­dine two months ago!

“To be fair, he’s been train­ing the same this week. Even be­fore Gary got in­jured against Mill­wall, I thought about leav­ing him out for this one and giv­ing Ken a go.

“He didn’t score, but he linked well. I looked at the Chelsea goal last night with Giroud, just a del­i­cate touch, and he did that three of four times, thought he brought ev­ery­body into it, some re­ally nice touches, but some good hard work too.”

Zo­hore’s hinted resur­gence will give fur­ther con­fi­dence to Cardiff’s bid to stay in the hunt for the top two, though Warnock is main­tain­ing he is not con­cerned with oth­ers around him as he pre­pares for the visit of Mid­dles­brough this week­end.

“You look at Villa, Derby, Ful­ham, and Wolves, they’re the ones with the big wage bills in the league,” said the vet­eran boss. “Ev­ery game, whether it’s Bolton or Boro at the top end, we just have to look af­ter our­selves.

“I thought we were very pro­fes­sional here. It was as good as you’re go­ing to get against a hard-work­ing team, who have had a de­cent run of form lately.

“We were on the front foot most of the game. If you could crit­i­cise, then per­haps we could have taken some of the chances, but we re­stricted them to very lit­tle, and their keeper did very well with a cou­ple of great saves.

“We have a gen­uine bunch, we feel we can beat any­body on our day, we’ll get those games where de­ci­sions go against us, as it did at Mil­wall and has hap­pened a few times, but all credit to the boys for con­tin­u­ing. I think it’s quite en­ter­tain­ing how we’re play­ing and I think the crowd’s up for it as well.

“We’ve got to en­joy the mo­ment. We have an­other tough one Satur­day, a dif­fer­ent type of game, be­cause Mid­dles­brough will come to try and win the game and they have good play­ers.

“But I’m look­ing for­ward to it, like I’m look­ing for­ward to all the run-in; we’re safe now, we can’t get rel­e­gated, so let’s en­joy it.”

> Marko Gru­jic gets an ef­fort on the Bolton goal dur­ing Cardiff’s win on Tues­day night

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