Cardiff promoted to Premier League as Barnsley, Burton go down

Arnold Nichols
May 8, 2018

Etheridge's team Cardiff City finished second after a scoreless draw against Reading in the final match of the second-tier English Football League Championship, securing their place in the Premier League next season. A win would have lifted the London club above Cardiff. "We knew we had to do that - we faced a lot of long balls, aerial balls, crosses, set-plays so it wasn't a pretty game on the eye but in the end it was the result we wanted". "I've not slept for longer than about three hours".

Fulham will now contest the playoffs along with Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Derby County.

Now the best in the business await what Neil Etheridge and his Cardiff City teammates can bring to what many consider as the best league in the world. There was another one after full time, when Cardiff's Malaysian owner, Vincent Tan, was carried on the shoulders of fans.

As a result, Cardiff City and champions Wolverhampton have been promoted to the Premier League beginning the 2018-2019 season which kicks off on August.

It was Warnock's eighth promotion as a manager - a new record for English football as he eclipsed the marks of Dave Bassett, Jim Smith and the late Graham Taylor.

Warnock proved to be a flawless fit for Cardiff, which plays in the image of its gritty and no-nonsense manager. I've got a great group of lads and I think a lot of them can play in the Premier League.

Tan told Wales Online: "We want to follow the Burnley formula and I do think Neil can achieve that with Cardiff".

After steering them to safety last season, the 69-year-old former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers manager masterminded an improbable promotion.

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

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