Carvalhal hails ‘fantastic win’ over Cardiff

Carlos Carvalhal hailed Wednesday’s late win over Cardiff a “fantastic victory”, as Fernando Forestieri’s header kept us in the play-off places with four games to go.

Forestieri made his return from injury as a 62th minute substitute and marked his comeback in goalscoring style 22 minutes later, keeper Allan McGregor parrying Jordan Rhodes’ shot and Forestieri pouncing to head home the rebound.

Carvalhal said afterwards: “I just want to say we did a fantastic performance against Newcastle, winning, and we did a fantastic victory against Cardiff, winning again.

“I think in the second half people were a little nervous, one period or another, but our fans were amazing again.”

Before Forestieri’s crucial strike, the closest Wednesday came to breaking the deadlock was an early long-ranger from Ross Wallace that was turned onto a post by McGregor.

Cardiff posed the occasional threat and, just when it looked as though we might not be able to find a breakthrough, the returning Forestieri struck to keep us in that final play-off spot … two points ahead of nearest rivals Fulham, who won at Norwich, with four games to play.

Above us, with Leeds grabbing a last-minute draw at Newcastle on Friday evening, we sit one point behind both the Elland Road outfit and Reading, the latter having a game in hand at Villa on Saturday afternoon.



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