May 20, 2018

Cardiff return to Premier League but Barnsley, Burton go down

08 May 2018, 01:24 | Ken Black

Etheridge's Cardiff promoted to the Premier League after a goalless draw against Reading

Cardiff promoted to Premier League as Barnsley, Burton go down

Warnock is no stranger to the Premier League.

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's the biggest achievement in my 38-year career by an absolute mile", Warnock said. "It's not rocket science when you take that top six out of the Premier League", he said.

That result ended Fulham's 23-match unbeaten run in the Championship and forced them to settle for a playoff spot.

Cardiff's Premier League promotion came more than a month after playing a major role in the Azkals' qualification to the Asian Cup for the first time with a 2-1 victory over Tajikistan at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Neil Warnock's men earned a record eighth promotion for their manager, but made hard work of a scrappy Reading side. A win would have lifted the London club above Cardiff.

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.

Aston Villa and Middlesbrough's places in the play-offs are confirmed, with Derby needing a point against Barnsley - barring a major swing in goal difference - to clinch sixth and the final play-off place ahead of Preston, who play Burton. We can never be like the two Manchester clubs, or Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs.

Warnock proved to be a ideal fit for Cardiff, which plays in the image of its gritty and no-nonsense manager. "I've got a great bunch of lads".

"We are nowhere near other clubs and their billionaire owners who spend so much on players and wages, not even in the Championship". Currently, Swansea is in the relegation zone, tied for points with Southampton with each having two games left.

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