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Key talking points as Cardiff City take another enormous stride towards promotion and Joe Bennett dazzles in win over Birmingham City

Cardiff City took another massive stride towards promotion after seeing off strugglers Birmingham City in the Welsh Capital, but what were the key elements learned?

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Mendez-Laing shows he still has spark

A much-needed performance from the wide-man. He looked up for it from the offset and provided the Bluebirds with pace and power throughout.

Scored the first goal which set the Bluebirds away in what turned out to be another precious three points in their bid for automatic promotion this season.

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Professional Bluebirds take another massive stride towards promotion

Another vital win for Cardiff, who have once again closed the gap to just three points on leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Bluebirds started in a positive manner and it is now six wins on the spin as they strengthened their promotion bid. They will face tougher tests over the course of the next week as they make trips to Brentford and Derby County, but nevertheless, this was an almighty three points.

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Joe Bennett assist king after dazzling performance in Welsh Capital

It was a quite simply sensational performance from the former Aston Villa full-back, who set up all three of Cardiff’s goals in a wonderful first-half display.

It was arguably one his best performances ever in a Bluebirds shirt. He battled throughout and provided an outlet in an attacking sense for Warnock’s men.

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Callum Paterson wins key midfield battle in the middle

Paterson seems like has is getting better in every game. He is first to almost every single second ball and he has a real zest about him.

His attacking attributes will also no doubt put the Bluebirds in good stead between now and the end of the season as they look to consolidate that elusive second-place to earn promotion to the Premier League.

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Save of the season contender from super Neil Etheridge!

Wow, just wow! This is one to watch back on channel five again tonight. An absolutely sublime stop from Etheridge as Lukas Jutkiewicz looked destined to score from two-yards out, only to be denied by a sensational point-blank save from the 28 year-old.

The Filipino goalkeeper has improved game-by-game in the Championship this season and has showed why he was rated so highly at Walsall in recent weeks.