Russell Slade: Manager pleased with Cardiff City progress

Alex Revell celebrates after scoring Cardiff's winner at Brentford
Alex Revell's second half goal secured victory for Cardiff at Brentford

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade says his side are making progress following their 2-1 victory at promotion chasing Brentford.

Andre Gray gave the home side a first-half lead, but goals from Federico Macheda and Alex Revell secured the win.

Cardiff ended the game at Griffin Park with nine men after Kadeem Harris and Macheda were sent-off.

"For us to beat a top six side will be a real plus," Slade said.

"I think the players are playing for me and playing for each other. They're showing great spirit now and a lot more understanding in what they are doing."

Slade added: "Every single point is worth fighting for between now and the end of the season.

"That is our barometer to our seeing how far we are improving and if we start stagnating then we've got to look at it even more in the summer."

Victory moved the Bluebirds up to 14th in the Championship 15 points behind the Bees who currently occupy the last play-off spot.

Brentford had taken the lead midway through the first half after a howler by their former stopper Simon Moore.

Moore could only parry Alex Pritchard's dipping free-kick into the path of Gray, who bundled home from close range.

But Macheda drew them level on 53 minutes and the comeback was complete 15 minutes later when Revell scored the winning goal.

"Brentford shaded the first half and they probably deserved the 1-0 lead," Slade added.

"But the important thing was we stayed in the game, which we haven't done in the past. Again it shows a little more progress.

"It was a great response in the second half and I thought we showed fantastic spirit."

Substitute Harris was the first City player to see red on 78 minutes for a reckless lunge on Alan Judge, while Macheda was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card.

Slade had no complaints over former Manchester United striker Macheda's sending off but said he would review Harris's dismissal.

"I'll review that and decide what we're going to do with it," Slade said.

"I don't think there was anything malicious in it. They both went in to try and win the ball.

"The Kiko [Macheda] one for me, I don't think the referee has got a choice. It's two yellows and he has to make a choice."

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