Date: 26th September 2016 at 5:19pm
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Head coach Paul Trollope has admitted a mixture of pride and relief were his main emotions in the weekend’s victory over Rotherham United.

Travelling to the New York Stadium with victory almost a must last weekend, Cardiff took the game two one thanks to a Lambert brace on the day that not only brought us level, but gave us all three points.

Speaking to Wales Online in his post game press interviews, Trollope was full of praise for our ‘leader of men’ for his performance at the top of the pitch.

‘There’s a bit of relief, but also a lot of pride. Pride in the players and how they roared back in a difficult situation. Rickie is huge. He’s got the respect of the dressing room because of the career he’s had and the levels he’s played at. He joined us with a huge desire to play for the club, he’s a real leader of men. He’s mature, but with and without the ball he gave his all, I’m delighted he got off the mark. We’re so pleased with his contribution, his link-up play was terrific and it’s our job to get it right around him, the type of player he is. We have to make sure the runs behind to penetrate are right to maximise that.’

The gaffer had to admit it wasn’t a particularly brilliant showing in terms of the performance, but he also knew it was a nervy game between two struggling sides, sot he main importance was coming out of it with the win we wanted to boost confidence.

‘Credit to Rotherham, they placed in a forceful manner for a decent spell in the first half, forcing corners and long-throws and we had to cope. To go a goal down after things that have happened in recent weeks was a bit of a difficult situation but I’m so proud of their resilience. They got on the front foot almost immediately after going behind and we’re very, very pleased with the win.’

Adding.

‘The spirit of the group is good, I’ve got a good staff too. We’re very disappointed with the league position but the only way to get out is through being consistent and having that spirit from the group. I could see the desire through the week in training, but where it matters is on the pitch on Saturday. After a bad run you’re never going to just flick a switch and start playing at your free-flowing best, you have to do certain fundamental things to try and manufacture the result.’

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