Date: 20th March 2017 at 9:34am
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Manager Neil Warnock picked out striker Kenneth Zohore for special praise following the weekend’s victory over Ipswich Town.

Hosting Mick McCarthy’s side for the game at the Cardiff City Stadium, the visitors opened the scoring on the day but Zohore hit back in both halves to give us the advantage and Joe Bennett scored his first club goal to ensure we took three points with a three one victory.

Speaking to Wales Online Warnock spoke of his transformation as a player this season and admitted he’s certainly a different player to the one he originally inherited.

‘There weren’t a player here like that when I came to the club.’

An easy statement to make with the 23 year old now having scored nine times in the last ten games and calling him a ‘revelation’ Warnock believes he is now the best striker in the Championship.

‘I wouldn’t say he was a waste of time but he wasn’t far away. He walked about, didn’t tackle, didn’t chase back, wouldn’t run, had his gloves on every day. You name it. I don’t know where those gloves are now. He’s a good lad but I suppose that Wolves game was a crucial moment for him. At half time we had a chat and he’s been a revelation every since. He’s got every attribute. You can’t coach what he’s got and you wouldn’t swap him for many in our league, would you? There are some lads who need convincing that they’ve got to give more. You’ve got to get that work ethic in your game.’

As for the game itself, the victory saw us pass the 50 point mark in the championship table and Cardiff are effectively safe from the drop now in reality and there are still eight games to spare.

‘With a little more nous we’d have had nine points from three games. But if you told me when I walked through the door that we’d have 51 points with eight games to go, I’d have snapped your hand off. You can tell the lads are enjoying it, we’re winning the battles in every department. It was just what we needed before the international break.’

Warnock also had praise for Kadeem Harris, putting him in the same bracket as Zohore when he first arrived and this 23 year old has also taken his chance with both hands and grown under his management.

‘I think he’s another one, like Ken, I think he needs me just as much as I need him. I thought he’d been here six months, but he’s been here three or four years! So he’s been a waste of time, but hopefully the penny has dropped and he’ll stay with us. I’ve been talking to his Dad a couple of times and sometimes the grass looks greener on the other side. But if I was Kadeem I’d want to stay here, with someone who believes in him and gives him a chance.’

He also again reverted to the game.

‘Junior’s backheel for the second and Kadeem’s run for the third…that epitomised the whole team. We were on the front foot and great to watch at times.’

With eight matches remaining following the international break Warnock certainly didn’t want the side to step off now, he wanted to build some real momentum going into next season.

‘There’s no reason why these players should go backwards now. There are some lads who don’t believe in themselves and need convincing they’ve got to do more. The minimum you should get out of any player is 100 per cent, no matter how good you are. And if you’ve got ability that comes on top. You’ve got to get that work ethic in your game at every level. And when you do that you make your own luck. Gary Player (the golfer) used to say ‘the harder you work, the luckier you get’.’

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