Warnock: 'That's why I love the Championship'

Last updated : 16 February 2017 By Michael Morris

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock admitted "that's why I love the game" after seeing his side win a seven-goal Valentine's Day thriller at Derby.

The Bluebirds come from two goals down to claim a 4-3 victory over the Rams, who followed Saturday's similarly dramatic 3-3 draw with Bristol City by losing at home for the first time since September 24th.

Julien de Sart's first goal for the club and a Darren Bent effort saw Derby 2-0 ahead after 17 minutes but Cardiff roared back to lead through a brace from Kadeem Harris and Craig Noone's 20-year strike just before the hour.


Derby levelled with Bent's second of the match and the Rams looked the more likely winners in the closing stages. But it was Cardiff who took the points when substitute Rhys Healey broke through on the left and was tripped by Alex Pearce to give Joe Ralls a 90th-minute penalty, which he calmly stroked past Scott Carson.

Back-to-back away wins lifted Cardiff into the top half of the Championship and Warnock said: "That's what you call old fashioned football, end-to-end stuff and that's why I love the game and it was great to be involved in one like that, especially coming out on the right side.

"It gives me a lot of pride when I see us come to a place like this and stand up and be counted, and that's why I love the Championship more than any other because you get genuine lads in this level.

"I was disappointed at the start, I know we were two goals down but it was our own fault really, it wasn't so much that they were so good it was how poor we were.

"The goal before half-time helped us enormously and we talked about not thinking about drawing the game but trying to win it. I think we can go anywhere and give people a good game now, the biggest problem we've got is ourselves."

Derby manager Steve McClaren, whose side trailed 3-0 at home to struggling Bristol City at the weekend before salvaging a draw, admitted Tuesday's loss capped a disappointing few days for the Rams but insisted there was no need to panic.

He did admit, though, that they have plenty to work on in training.

The former England boss said: "You score three goals at home and you expect to win but we haven't done that in the last two games. Why? because we conceded seven goals.

"We've gone from a team who were hard to beat and defended very very well to conceding seven in two games and you don't collect points doing that. But the spirit in the team that was there Saturday was there tonight, we equalise after going down, we're not disheartened by that but then a sucker punch at the end and it's been a disappointing three days.

"This is the first defeat at home since September so let's not panic and over-react and say the wheels have come off, but we have to work hard on the training field.

"The second half was disappointing, and when you are chasing games you are always vulnerable but we'll work on things and we move on."