Win has Blue­birds on song

Sunday Herald Sun - - Soccer -

STRIKER Ju­nior Hoi­lett scored a spec­tac­u­lar win­ner to earn Cardiff City a come­back 2-1 home vic­tory over Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers yes­ter­day to lift it out of the Pre­mier League rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Cardiff climbed to 15th on 11 points from 14 games, five be­hind 11th-placed Wolves, who ex­tended their win­less league run to six matches.

It was a per­fect 70th birthday present for Cardiff boss Neil Warnock.

“I said to the boys it’s about time they gave me some­thing to cel­e­brate,” Warnock said. “I’m re­ally proud of them.

“I didn’t think we de­served to be 1-0 down. In the sec­ond half we were on the front foot for most of the time.”

Right back Matt Do­herty cel­e­brated his 200th league ap­pear­ance for Wolves when he fired the vis­i­tors into an 18th-minute lead be­fore Ice­land mid­fielder Aron Gun­nars­son equalised.

Hoi­lett then de­lighted the Blue­birds fans with a curl­ing shot 13 min­utes from time.

Wolves looked sharper in the open­ing stages, be­fore lively Harry Arter, who hit the post on the stroke of half­time, en­gi­neered the equaliser. He put a high ball into the penalty box and Sean Har­ri­son headed it down for Gun­nars­son to blast it past Rui Pa­tri­cio.

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