Nothing else can be better than Junior Hoilett’s late winner as the perfect birthday present for veteran boss Neil Warnock, who turned 70 on Saturday. Cardiff City climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone after Hoilett sent a stunning long-range curler in the 77th minute to come from behind and beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1.
It was a heartfelt night for the Bluebirds as they clinched their third win of the season at the Cardiff City Stadium, pushing themselves up to 15th place in the table on Friday.
Irish professional Matt Doherty, who celebrated his 200th appearance for Wolves, gave the game a 1-0 lead with a close-range opener in the 18th minute after the kick-off. The visitors dominated the first half with shots on target, only to end up missing several goal opportunities throughout the game.
Warnock’s side rebounded from a long slump in the mid of the second half after Aron Gunnarsson chested down the ball and slammed it into the net in the 65th minute, giving no room for Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patrício. Then the miracle came into the game within 12 minutes when Hoilett curled and bent from the left edge, in the top right corner of the goal post.
Warnock said the determined team deserved the win. “We’re fighting against the odds, but we’ve got a great set of lads and we deserved that victory over the 90 minutes,” the English and Welsh football manager.
Cardiff have won three of the last four Premier League home games in which they've conceded the first goal (D1). They came back to win against Fulham (4-2), Brighton (2-1) and Wolves (2-1).
Wolves were defeated for the fifth time from six matches and winless since 6 October and still 11th in the Premier League.
Cardiff have picked up nine of their 11 Premier League points this season from trailing positions.
Junior Hoilett has been directly involved in more league goals (21 - 10 goals, 11 assists) than any other Cardiff player for this season.