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Neil Warnock slams EFL for scheduling Cardiff City’s clash with Burton Albion for a Friday evening

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Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has expressed his anger at the Football League over the scheduling of the Burton Albion clash after the international break.

The Bluebirds saw off the challenge of Birmingham City, in-spite of a nervy finish as they defeated Garry Monk’s side to take another enormous stride towards promotion to the Premier League.

But, in the aftermath of the game, Warnock was left furious and labelled their fixture against Burton Albion, which will take place on Friday the 30th March after the international break as “absolutely ridiculous.”

The Bluebirds boss said: “I think we are going to have to write to the football league. I don’t think any team in the Championship going for promotion should have to play on a Friday coming back after the international break. It’s absolutely pathetic.”

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“I wish them people would come with me and train with me while they’re doing that, they don’t have a clue what they’re doing.”

“I know we rule by television, but there has got to be common sense. I have got lads from Hungary or somewhere coming back on a Wednesday night, traveling through the night and then they’re playing Friday night, you wouldn’t put your animals through that.”

The Bluebirds now sit just three points off Wolverhampton Wanderers after Nuno Espirito’s side suffered a 4-1 defeat against rivals Aston Villa in the Saturday evening kick-off, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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Warnock is still coy on the chances of his side gaining automatic promotion to the Premier League, though. “We are not thinking about promotion just yet,” he said.

“We set a points target to get in the play-offs and we are there today – when you look at the other teams who are winning, it is hard to think about automatic promotion just yet.”

“All the games we have got left are difficult, especially the away games, we go to all the top teams. But I think we have just got to enjoy it, you can see today the effort we put in and we played some good football.”

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“They could have made it easier for me and I could have sat there with a nice cigar in, but they never do that, do they?

They never make it easy for me but hopefully, they have saved up the goals for when we need them.”

Warnock recently won manager for February following their sensational league form and they will look to build on their sixth win on the spin when making tough trips to play-off hopefuls Brentford and Derby County this week as they bid to supplement their promotion bid to the Premier League.