Cardiff City did Emiliano Sala proud, according to an emotional Neil Warnock

Always a Bluebird. Fans leave tributes outside Cardiff City Stadium. Image Callum Ellis.

by Jordan A Jones

CARDIFF City boss Neil Warnock said he was proud of the ‘whole club’ following his side’s win over AFC Bournemouth.

Bobby Decordoa-Reid scored twice to give Cardiff City a vital three points in their relegation battle in the Premier League, leaving them just two points behind Burnley.

It was the first home game for Cardiff following the disappearance of Argentine forward Emiliano Sala.

Warnock was emotional at the full-time whistle as he celebrated the victory with the Cardiff City supporters.

The 70-year-old said: “I was alright till the final whistle went and I went on the pitch. I think the last ten days. I can’t begin [to explain] how difficult it is.

“Today I thought the whole club was amazing. Everybody with us. I felt immensely proud.

“Knowing the lad Emiliano as I did. Emiliano would have been proud of us all today.”

Bobby Decordova-Reid played in a deeper position following the absence of Harry Arter who was ineligible, due to Bournemouth being his parent club. Victor Camarasa also missed the victory.

Reid put a positive performance on in the week in Cardiff’s defeat at the Emirates Stadium where they were unfortunate to lose to Arsenal.

His goals now take him to joint top goal scorer with Callum Paterson after netting a brace, following his move from Bristol City last summer.

“Bobby Reid should have got five goals this week, I’m glad he got two today,” said Warnock. “We were quite bold in the tactics. I thought we were quite positive in how we set up.

“I think they all knew what they had to do today. We changed one or two things. Bobby Reid had to play deep with Joe Ralls.

“I thought we played some good stuff. It’s nice to see Murphy in some swing really.”

AFC Bournemouth had been on a high following a crushing victory over Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium in midweek.

Callum Wilson and David Brooks were absent for the visitors today, both out due to injury.

The victory was Cardiff’s first of the year, having lost all of their games in January.

“We really don’t know when we’re beaten. If we don’t get another point, I think we’ve been amazing,’ added Warnock.

“When I look round the dressing room. Their bench cost £86m, this is what you’re up against. To be disciplined, how we were. For us to get a seventh clean sheet as a relegation-threatened side is amazing.

Cardiff now prepare for a relegation six-pointer with Southampton next week at St Mary’s Stadium, having previously beaten them in December.