Championship Review: Cardiff promoted as Bolton leave it late to survive

Cheryl Sanders
May 8, 2018

Etheridge, the Philippine Azkals' primary shot-stopper, played a pivotal role in Cardiff's return bid to the Premier League as he suited up in 45 of its 46 matches.

The relief to be back in the Premier League after a nervy end of the season was palpable.

Neil Warnock has won his eighth Football League promotion with Cardiff City.

Fulham, who were in contention for automatic promotion to the top-flight, slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Birmingham City to finish third.

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If Cardiff fail to win and Fulham claim three points at Birmingham, the Cottagers will go up in second place.

After all, Warnock said only past year, "I don't like the Premier League" and his record highlights that, for him, the achievement has always resulted in huge let-down.

The Bluebirds won promotion from the Championship with Sunday's 0-0 draw at home against Reading.

As one of veteran manager and promotion specialist Neil Warnock's early summer signings, Etheridge truly made a mark in the team not tipped by many to achieve automatic promotion this season.

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"There are not many words you can say really".

"They're proud of being Bluebirds again, the fans", Warnock added.

The Icelandic star injured his knee in the victory over Hull City last time out and will watch on from the stands as Cardiff look to record victory.

Warnock proved to be a flawless fit for Cardiff, who play in the image of their gritty and no-nonsense manager.

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"So the lads [players] said 'what about bringing in Charlie, gaffer?' So we got Charlie across to Hull, we won that game and then he came on Saturday and we managed to get over the line with a draw". It's such a fabulous achievement, because nobody gave us a chance.

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