Warnock senses improvement

Neil Warnock says his Cardiff City side are getting better every game after they recorded their second win of the season in the Premier League.

The Bluebirds came from behind to beat Brighton 2-1, the away side taking the lead but hit by a red card for Dale Stephens in the first half.

Brighton took an early lead, Lewis Dunk putting the visitors ahead, heading home from a Solly March free-kick.

The home side were level just before the half hour, Kadeem Harris producing a good run and the ball fell to Callum Paterson who scored from close range.

Brighton's task was made more difficult after a contentious red card on 34 minutes, Stephens sent off after a challenge on Greg Cunningham.

Warnock's side increased the pressure in their efforts to make the extra man pay but they had to wait until the final minute of normal time to grab the winner, Sol Bamba hitting the post and then Paterson the crossbar before Bamba reacted quickest to force the ball home.

It was Neil Warnock's 100th game in charge of the Bluebirds and, after seeing his side escape the bottom three with the victory, he said the team are improving all the time.

He said: "You have to work so hard for wins like this. We've come on that quickly over last 18 months, but we are getting better every game. It was a blow to go down to that goal, Sol goes to sleep and it's fitting he got the winner.

"We are everybody's favourites to go down, and we need three or four players In January, but we have come along way in 18 months. You can't say no to coming in Premier League and we are going to enjoy it."

The result takes Cardiff onto eight points and they need other results on Saturday to go their way if they are to be out of the bottom three during the international break.

Cardiff are next in action in two weeks when they travel to Everton. They are 13/2 for the win with Marco Silva's side 4/11 and the draw 4/1.

Cardiff are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Morrison admits to tough prep

Cardiff City skipper Sean Morrison has admitted it will be tough, but his side must focus on getting the three points against Leicester City on Saturday.

Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was just one of five people who died after a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium last weekend.

Condolences have been pouring in from the Cardiff camp to their Leicester counterparts ahead of the teams' meeting in the Premier League on Saturday.

Morrison is fully aware of the circumstances surrounding the game but knows his side have a job to do, as they look to avoid the drop back down to the Championship this season.

"For Leicester it's been an extremely difficult week and we try to prepare as normal, but when something like this happens you stop and think and shows the importance of life. Sometimes football has to take a back-seat. We've just tried to prepare as best we can, try to get on with it as normal," he told reporters.

"Of course. We try and keep spirits high and be respectful in the game. We've got to try and focus on the job in hand, as difficult as that may be. We're not sure what to expect until the whistle starts."

Cardiff are 14/5 to win, 12/5 to draw and 23/20 to lose to the Foxes in South Wales.

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Puel: Result not the prime focus

Leicester City head coach Claude Puel expects his players to be able to cope with their emotions when they take on Cardiff City on Saturday.

The Foxes have endured a dreadful week which saw club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha killed, along with four others, in a helicopter crash as he left the King Power Stadium following the 1-1 draw with West Ham last Saturday.

However, having seen a midweek Carabao Cup tie postponed in the aftermath of the tragedy, Leicester return to action in South Wales at the weekend, with Puel aware that the result is not the most important thing for the club at the present time.

The Frenchman told his pre-match press conference: "The game is not important, the result is not important, but our desire, our action, our power to give our best on the pitch, to honour our chairman, I think is the most important thing.

"The result is the second thing – but I think about our condition, our focus.

"We will be ready, but I hope we can find a good balance between conviction and emotion in this game, because if we remain just on the emotion it will be difficult.

"But I am confident after seeing my players at a training session, that they can give their best for a few minutes."

The last three meetings between Cardiff and Leicester in South Wales have all ended in draws, with another draw on Saturday priced at 23/10.

A 1-1 final scoreline is available at 11/2, with a goalless draw 15/2.

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Warnock picks out Cardiff positives

Neil Warnock believes his Cardiff side are continuing to move in the right direction this season, despite Saturday's 4-1 loss at Liverpool.

The Bluebirds were no match for Jurgen Klopp's title hopes at Anfield as a Sadio Mane brace and further strikes from Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri secured the Reds a complete victory at Anfield.

Despite being outclassed at times, the Welsh outfit were able to score just their second away goal in their last seven Premier League matches, Calum Paterson grabbing a consolation in the second half.

The result leaves Cardiff in 17th after 10 matches with just one win to their name and Warnock's side are 4/11 to be relegated this season.

The former Leeds and Crystal Palace boss was keen to take the positives from the defeat at Liverpool, claiming there were "a lot of pluses" for his side, while also calling the 4-1 scoreline "harsh".

The game at Anfield brings to an end a difficult run of matches for the Premier League new boys, who have already had to face Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal in the early part of the campaign.

Warnock is now looking to put some points on the board in their upcoming fixtures with Leicester and Brighton.

"We have played the top six now, and I think we only have Manchester United in December," Warnock told Sky Sports. "We have had a tough run of fixtures really, but we have got better the last few weeks.

"The Burnley game we did well, the Tottenham game we did well, the Fulham game we did well – I am quite pleased.

"It is a pity we have a game like Liverpool after a good win over Fulham last week. It was like a free hit today against a team like Liverpool away from home. A lot of credit to the lads – they stuck at it."

Cardiff play Leicester next Saturday and are 13/5 to win the game, while the Foxes are 11/10 and the draw is 9/4.

Jokanovic vows to find solution

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has vowed to work hard to try and find solutions to help his team climb the Premier League table.

The Cottagers fell into the league's relegation zone on Saturday, replacing Cardiff in the bottom three after losing 4-2 away to Neil Warnock's side.

Fulham got off to the perfect start at the Cardiff City Stadium, Andre Schurrle scoring from 30 yards to put the visitors ahead.

However, their defensive frailties were again exposed, City scoring two goals in five minutes to go ahead and though Fulham equalised before half-time, the Welsh side scored two more in the second half to clinch their first league win of the season.

Worryingly for Jokanovic, Fulham have now conceded 12 goals in their last three league games and have let in 25 goals so far this season, by far the most in the league.

So, it is clear where the Cottagers have to improve if they are to survive in their first season back in the top flight.

Jokanovic said after the game: "I can find the solution. My job is to keep working and fighting to find the solution.

"We showed some positive things, but the negative things are killing us.

"They scored easy goals, even when we defended in numbers they finished the action and scored. We weren't strong enough in our box.

"I will keep going and keep working for my best XI."

They will aim to climb out of the bottom three in their next game, at home to Bournemouth on Saturday. They are 9/5 to get their second win of the season while Eddie Howe's team are 11/8 with the draw 5/2.

That game is followed by a fixture away at Manchester City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

Fulham are 66/1 to win the EFL Cup this season with City 9/4.

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Bluebirds break their duck

Cardiff City clinched their first Premier League victory of the season at the ninth attempt with a 4-2 victory against Fulham.

Neil Warnock's side had to come from behind to win the match though as Andre Schurrle opened the scoring with a 25-yard shot.

Goals by Josh Murphy and Bobby Reid put the Bluebirds ahead but Ryan Sessegnon made it 2-2 before the interval.

Second-half goals by Callum Paterson and Kadeem Harris put the seal on a great afternoon for Warnock's team though.

Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, Manchester City thrashed Burnley 5-0 and Tottenham won the London derby at West Ham United 1-0.

Newcastle's woes intensified as they slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Brighton, while Watford hit back after losing 4-0 at home to Bournemouth a fortnight ago by securing an impressive 2-0 victory at Wolves.

Southampton substitute Manolo Gabbiadini missed a great last-gasp chance as Saints drew 0-0 at Bournemouth while Ross Barkley netted in stoppage time in the lunchtime kick-off at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea drew 2-2 with Manchester United.

Cardiff are 8/1 to draw against Liverpool at Anfield next weekend while Burnley are 8/1 to beat Chelsea.

Warnock: It’s looking bleak

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock says he expects his side will be relegated this season but admits he did not anticipate the Bluebirds securing promotion last term.

Cardiff have only picked up two points from their first eight top-flight matches of the season and are 2/9 to be relegated.

Cardiff entertain Fulham on Saturday before tackling Liverpool, Leicester City and Brighton. Warnock knows that a victory against the Cottagers, who were thrashed by Arsenal in their last game a fortnight ago, is crucial if his side are to harbour any thoughts about beating the drop.

Asked whether he would put money on Cardiff's staying up this season, Warnock said: "No I wouldn't – not if I was a betting man. I would put other people's money on it.

"But I would not have put a penny on us last year getting promotion. I would have said keep your money in your pocket. Don't be stupid.

"Some people won quite a lot of money, though. Some people might win an awful lot of money this year.

"We know where we are. The lads have to decide, do we want to stay in the Premier League as a player or as a manager or a club?

"We have an opportunity even though it looks bleak at the minute. We have three out of four home games this month, which are vital. We have to get points in those games to get us up that table and put us back in the pack, because there are quite a lot of teams struggling this season.”

Cardiff are 6/4 to beat Fulham and secure their first Premier League win of the campaign while they are available at 9/1 to edge to a 1-0 victory.

Warnock eyeing reinforcements

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has admitted his side will have to try and grind out results in the Premier League before they can get reinforcements in the January transfer window.

The Bluebirds have had a tough start to the season back in the top flight and are yet to win a game, having only managed two points from their first seven games.

Cardiff have had some tough encounters in that time, having already played the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in back-to-back games.

Warnock claims transfer targets are in the pipeline and hopes they can pick up significant points before reinforcements arrive at the start of next year.

He told reporters: "At the minute having looked at the situation for seven games, we do need two or three quality players. But we need to grind out results until January, maybe try one or two things to see if we can get goals from other areas.

"Our top scorer last year was 10 goals, so we've not been prolific even in the Championship. But it's not been the goals that's concerned me, it’s been letting them in.

"Our chief scout has got to come up with names, from abroad as well as England, and we've got to be careful and make sure we get value for money in our dealings."

Next up for Cardiff is another tough trip on the road as they prepare to travel to Wembley to face Tottenham on Saturday.

Spurs are 2/9 to win, 6/1 to draw and 14/1 to lose to. Warnock's side.

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Spurs response pleases Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino was proud of the way his Spurs team reacted to conceding an early goal to push Barcelona hard, before eventually losing out 4-2 at Wembley.

Former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho gave the visitors the lead inside two minutes, with Ivan Rakitic making the half-time score 2-0 to the Catalan giants.

However, the second half was a 2-2 draw, with Harry Kane and Erik Lamela netting for Tottenham and Lionel Messi adding a double for Barcelona.

And, while being annoyed by such an early concession, head coach Pochettino was full of praise for the reaction of his players as the game progressed.

He told reporters: "To concede a goal so early, we destroyed the plan. If we start the game this way, it's so tough for the players.

"We were handicapped after conceding after one minute and I think our players were heroes to chase the game against a team with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.

"That is why I want to congratulate the team, because we were always in the game, always fighting, never giving up – I feel so proud. I'm disappointed with the result, but the effort was massive.

"To give that advantage to a team like Barcelona is so difficult to come back from. The most important thing was our character."

Spurs are back in Premier League action on Saturday when they welcome in winless Cardiff City.

The Londoners are 1/4 to win the game and 15/2 to claim a 3-0 victory, with Tottenham 8/13 to go on and secure a top-four finish this season.

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Wins change Burnley perspective

Sean Dyche suggests two wins in a week have changed the perspective on Burnley after they overcame Cardiff 2-1 on Sunday.

Sam Vokes scored the winning goal in the second half for the Clarets as Cardiff saw their winless start to the season extended despite the Bluebirds having played well at home.

Vokes stooped to head home a Johann Berg Gudmundsson cross with 20 minutes remaining to move Burnley up into 12th place as they backed up last weekend's 4-0 home win over Bournemouth.

Gudmundsson had headed Burnley in front with his side's first effort on target six minutes after half-time.

Cardiff responded when summer signing Josh Murphy scored his first Premier League goal on the hour but the defeat leaves Neil Warnock's men above only Huddersfield in the Premier League table.

Joe Hart, impressive against Bournemouth last time out, made some excellent saves before Burnley went in front and manager Dyche feels back-to-back wins have quickly changed the outlook for his team.

"A week ago there were a few stories knocking around. Now we've won two in a row – one at home, one away – and the stories change," said the Burnley boss.

"There are a lot of things to be pleased with, particularly the three points. It was a mixed bag and in the first half Cardiff did so well, we couldn't get a foothold into the game.

"Over a season you won't dominate every week, you have to show a willingness to fight, a desire to win. There are no easy games against Neil Warnock sides and we knew that would be the case. Winning home and away changes the mentality…belief comes back into the group."

Burnley are 11/10 to make it three wins on trot when they host bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield on Saturday, while Cardiff are 14/1 put their first win on the board away to Tottenham.

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