WELL-DRILLED WELSH LOOK A SAFE BET

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHY was Sean Mor­ri­son gal­lop­ing into the box to fin­ish off a coun­ter­at­tack? Who knows? But Neil Warnock won’t care.

The 69-year-old Cardiff man­ager is one game away from a record eighth pro­mo­tion and, on this ev­i­dence, it is hard to bet against the Blue­birds. This was a vic­tory that il­lus­trated just why Warnock re­mains at the peak of his powers. Few other man­agers are able to set up a team who will run, fight and de­fend for their lives with this de­gree of com­mit­ment.

Few take such ob­vi­ous plea­sure in drilling the ba­sics – clear­ing lines, track­ing run­ners, re­tain­ing shape and or­gan­i­sa­tion. All those facets were on show in a de­fen­sive mas­ter­class that ended with the home side fail­ing to reg­is­ter a sin­gle shot on tar­get.

If Cardiff can per­form with the same dis­ci­pline next week then it is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine any­thing but vic­tory against a tooth­less Read­ing side that just shipped four at home to Ip­swich.

For Warnock, his­tory beck­ons. For Ful­ham, the play-offs may have to suf­fice.

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