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Neil Warnock says he thanked his players for letting him celebrate his birthday with a victory as the Bluebirds came from behind against Wolves

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock said he thanked his players for letting him celebrate his birthday following the Bluebirds’ 2-1 victory over Wolves.

Warnock, who turns 70 this weekend, was left frustrated at half time on Friday evening after Matt Doherty’s strike put Wolves ahead.

But second-half goals from Aron Gunnarsson and Junior Hoilett secured back-to-back home wins for the Bluebirds for the very first time in the Premier League.

“I thanked the players for letting me have a nice birthday,” said Warnock.

“Because whatever happens, if you’ve lost a game of football, you don’t have a nice weekend.”

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Match winner Hoilett and fellow midfielder Victor Camarasa both featured as wing-backs against Nuno Santo’s side.

Warnock opted for a 3-5-2 formation, which raised eyebrows amongst Cardiff supporters, but ultimately proved to be successful.

“We decided that Greg Cunningham and Jazz Richards were injured and Joe Bennett hadn’t trained all week until yesterday, so we thought we’d have a go and played three defenders.

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“We spoke before the game and I’m not a miracle man but we decided, myself, Kevin and Ronnie that with a couple of full backs injured, let’s have a go tonight

“We had Junior Hoilett and Víctor Camarasa as wing-backs, but we wanted to have a go at them in midfield, close them down, get on the front foot, get the crowd going and make it exciting. I thought we did that.”

The veteran boss also praised the Bluebirds faithful who played a part in ensuring he has a birthday weekend to remember.

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“I thought the fans were amazing. We talk about the fans this season but the noise when we were 1-0 down in the second half – I thought it was fantastic.

“I think everybody at the club deserves a pat on the back tonight because we’re fighting against the odds but we’ve got a great group of lads and we’ve given ourselves a chance.

He added: “I think we throughly deserved it over the 90 minutes.”