Brentford 1 Cardiff City 3: Neil Warnock's men bounce back from a goal down to extend lead over third-place Aston Villa

Ian Baker
The Telegraph
Kenneth Zohore celebrates scoring for Cardiff - Getty Images Europe
Kenneth Zohore celebrates scoring for Cardiff - Getty Images Europe

Neil Warnock has enjoyed many memorable moments during his managerial career, but surely Tuesday night will be among his best.

The 69 year-old is within ­touching distance of an eighth promotion after his Cardiff side recovered from 1-0 down to record a seventh straight win and nearest challengers Aston Villa lost. There is now a seven-point gap between the second-placed Welsh side and the chasing pack.

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“It was a super night but I am not getting carried away,” said Warnock. “I’m not confident of anything in the Championship. But let’s enjoy it, all the pressure is on the big clubs. There is no pressure on me.”

Brentford started well but only had Neal Maupay’s goal after five minutes to show for their fearless first-half approach. An equaliser from defender Sol Bamba, half-volleyed home on the turn from the edge of the area on 25 minutes,  ultimately changed the game.

Cardiff took the lead in first-half stoppage time as Callum Paterson to fired home. Any hopes of a Brentford comeback were ended on 58 minutes as Kenneth Zohore converted from close range.

“I’m not sure if they were dominant or we were soft,” admitted Brentford manager Dean Smith.

Team details

Brentford (4-3-3) Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Mepham, Barbet; Yennaris, Woods (Macleod 69), Sawyers; Canos (Marcondes 69), Maupay (Judge 76), Watkins. 
Subs Daniels, McEachran, Mokotjo, Ogbene. 
Booked Mepham.

Cardiff City (4-3-3) Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Paterson, Damour, Grujic; Mendez-Laing (Traore 88), Zohore (Madine 77), Hoilett (Wildschut 82). 
Subs Murphy, Pilkington, Halford, Connolly. 
Booked Ecuele Manga, Damour, Morrison.

Referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

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