Cardiff City have had a horrendous few weeks off the pitch, but on the pitch they are doing everything they can to stay in the Premier League.
Just a few days after Emiliano Sala was confirmed dead, Southampton and Cardiff paid tribute to the Argentine striker and Cardiff’s club-record signing before their game on Saturday with a minute’s silence and they wore black armbands.
Cardiff then went out onto the pitch and won the match in the 94th minute to drag themselves out of the bottom three.
Their captain Sol Bamba, who scored the opener to spark wild, emotional scenes in the away end with his celebration, spoke to Sky Sports after the game.
“It can’t get better, scoring the first goal in front of our fans. A lot goes through your mind. I know Emiliano Sala was looking from up there so it’s good to get the three points.”
Cardiff put in a perfect away display to seal their first back-to-back wins in the top-flight since 1962 and Neil Warnock‘s side have now leapfrogged Southampton, Burnley and Newcastle to move out of the bottom three.
Warnock revealed that Cardiff felt the extra responsibility to pull of a huge win for Sala.
“We wanted to do it for Emiliano and I’m really proud the lads have done him justice,” Warnock said.
Everyone connected with Cardiff has gone through a tough time over the past few weeks and these two wins have shown the togetherness of the playing and coaching squad during such a tragic period.