Neil Warnock says he loves the Championship after first Cardiff win
Last Updated: 14/10/16 10:38pm
Neil Warnock says nights like Cardiff's 2-1 win over Bristol City are why he's back in football.
The former Sheffield United and QPR manager was appointed Cardiff manager last week after Paul Trollope was sacked, and started with a fine win on Friday evening.
Peter Whittingham and Sol Bamba gave Cardiff the win, and Warnock was jubilant when speaking to Sky Sports after the game.
"I love the Championship, and tonight is why I'm back in the game. I love the excitement of the game, and the fans, and it's a great result, there's nothing better than when the whistle goes and you've won the game," Warnock said.
"I said to the lads, that's why at 67 you get the same thrill about winning a game of football, but not just that, getting the lads to do what I wanted them to do in four days, and seeing it come off.
"Sol Bamba, I said to him before the game, I want you to get a Man of the Match, and I'm really please he has."
Cardiff had been on a poor run of form, winning just one of their previous eight games, and Warnock said the side were lacking in confidence when he arrived in south Wales.
"The lads were lacking a little confidence, as you do when you're down the bottom of the league, but we've got some ability, some good players, and I just felt it was an opportunity to try and instil the way I want to play and get the lads up for it," he added.
"Let's make no mistake; they're a good team, so to beat them is great for us. There were heroes for me everywhere."
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson was disappointed with his side's first-half performance, and admitted the visitors did not administer their game plan at the Cardiff City Stadium.
"I thought in the first half we played into their hands, I don't know why, we had a game plan, and the players on the day didn't administer there," Johnson said.
"It was one of those games where the ball ran for them, we played into their hands, and they deserved the win.
"We've fallen a little bit short for 45 minutes, but we have to go back to the drawing board and come on strong for our next game."