Action and reaction as City beat Brentford

Last updated : 12 April 2017 By Michael Morris

A half-time dressing down from Cardiff boss Neil Warnock inspired the Bluebirds to a 2-1 victory over Brentford.

Second-half goals from Peter Whittingham and Sean Morrison cancelled out Sergi Canos' opener to secure back-to-back home wins for Cardiff in this Sky Bet Championship mid-table clash.

Cardiff were way off the pace in a drab opening 45 minutes where the Bees took a deserved lead.

But Warnock was pleased that his players came out firing in the second half after his team talk.

He said: "I thought it was a decent game. It was a drab first half and we had to change things because I would've fallen asleep.

"Brentford had more possession but I thought we created the better chances. It's disappointing when you go a goal down but I was pleased with the turn around.

"It's very difficult to get myself up for games when I know we are safe. I need an edge on my games, as well.

"So fair play to the lads for taking on board what was said and making an issue and game of it in the second half.

"It's quite easy at this time of the year to go through the motions, but I want fans to go home and talk about the goals and saves."


Brentford took the lead in the 42nd minute when Konstantin Kerschbaumer's clever back-heel found Canos whose low drive beat Cardiff goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

The Spaniard has really shone since rejoining Brentford in January. It was the 20-year-old's fourth goal in as many games.

And the opening goal had been coming with the Bees' stylish football. Jota's shot was deflected inches wide and McGregor somehow managed to keep out Yoann Barbet's bullet header.

All of Brentford's dominance in the latter stages of the first half was undone shortly after the break when Morrison drew Cardiff level. The Bluebirds skipper rose highest to head home Whittingham's corner in the 47th minute.

In a second half where chances were limited, Whittingham hit the winner in the 76th minute after connecting well with Kenneth Zohore's knock down.

Cardiff had Jazz Richards to thank when his sliding tackle stopped Alan McCormack from bearing down on goal late on. And Warnock's men suffered a late scare when Lasse Vibe's deflected shot hit the side netting.

Brentford manager Dean Smith said: "I'm very frustrated because it's a game that we were in total control of and could've scored a bit more in the first half.

"We scored a great goal and I expected us to go on and win two or three nil.

"The game had a pre-season feel to it, it was flat and there was no zip."