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Warnock relishing final run-in as Cardiff City take pole position in the race for second spot

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Neil Warnock is relishing every bit of the final run-in with Cardiff City in pole position to take second place.

In football, everything can change in 90 minutes and Cardiff City experienced just that on the weekend at Carrow Road.

The Bluebirds went into the clash with Norwich devoid of confidence after two crushing defeats against Wolves and Aston Villa respectively.

However, after two late goals secured a win for the Bluebirds in East Anglia and with Fulham denied three points by a last-gasp Brentford equaliser, the whole picture has changed again.

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Flying-high Fulham now have to pick themselves up and Cardiff now have the wind in their sails again, becoming the hunted once more.

The scenario is ever-changing but it only epitomises the drama of the Championship season, and it’s something Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock loves more than most. He told Sky Sports News: “We just have to play every game.

“I mean Norwich was the last few minutes, the two games before that we lost in the last few minutes, so you expect anything in this league. The Championship is a great league, I love it.”

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The Bluebirds now sit firmly in the driving seat with a one-point gap over Fulham and a game in-hand.

The pressure is on for both clubs, but Fulham are now in the position where they have to produce with only three games to catch Cardiff, and even winning all three may not be enough.

Cardiff were the ones with all the pressure heading into last weekend, but a huge away win changed all that.

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And it pushes Neil Warnock a step closer to achieving his dream, a record-breaking eighth promotion. He added: “That’s what I’m working for. I said when I came to the club I would try to get promotion.

“If we don’t do it this year I will try it one more year and give it a go.”

The 69-year-old has talked about his team’s spirit throughout this season and he believes it’s the key to their success.

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The Bluebirds have been a surprise package this season, stealing a march over teams who have spent vast amounts of money this season and in years gone by, and it’s all down to their team spirit, says Warnock.

“I think the camaraderie in the dressing room and the spirit and the humour. I do like giving stick out to the lads at times and I’m sure they give it back to me behind my back.

“It really keeps me going because they are a young group and they are very, very exciting.”

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Cardiff continue their run-in against Nottingham Forest this Saturday evening at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Bluebirds now know they need a maximum of nine points from their last four games to mathematically secure promotion.

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