Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Derby County claim the final play off place in the Championship

Derby County claim the final play off place in the Championship

However, frustration soon turned to elation when news filtered through that promotion rivals Fulham had fallen to a surprise 3-1 defeat against Birmingham City - cementing Cardiff's ascension back into the Premier League after a four-year absence.

Cardiff fans are desperate for victory and promotion, with today's clash a sell-out.

After the final whistle, Warnock described guiding the club to promotion as "the biggest achievement in my 38-year career by an absolute mile".

The Wolverhampton Wanderers had already secured not only one of the automatic spots, but also the Championship title, leaving the Bluebirds and the Cottagers to fight for easier passage to the Premier League. "It's not rocket science when you take that top six out of the Premier League", he said.

"Why not? I have nothing to be afraid of", Warnock added. After 12 games across the afternoon, Cardiff joined Wolves as the automatically promoted teams while Fulham join Aston Villa, Derby County and Middlesborough in the playoffs. The playoff final is at Wembley Stadium on May 26.

Manager Neil Warnock achieved promotion for the record eight time, eclipsing luminaries such as Dave Bassett and Graham Taylor who had seven.

The ascent of Cardiff City to the Premier League is a tale from football's underbelly.

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

"I've got a great bunch of lads", Warnock said. Not that Etheridge is bothered about any negative vibes on the back of what has been a landmark season for club and country, with Cardiff's promotion following hot on the heels of the Philippines qualifying for the Asian Cup in March.

Junior Hoilett is leading the club in goals with 11 this season.

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