Russell Slade: Cardiff City boss pleased with players' response

Craig Noone scored celebrates scoring one of his two goals against Wolves
Craig Noone scored twice in Cardiff's 3-1 win at Wolves

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade remains positive despite the club being placed under a transfer embargo by the Football League.

The Bluebirds have been hit with an embargo following a breach of Financial Fair Play rules.

Slade's side won 3-1 at Wolves in the Championship to the delight of the under pressure manager.

"The football club needed a response and that's exactly what we got," Slade said.

"It was a really good team effort today to get us over the line and a really welcome result."

Craig Noone hit two stunning first-half strikes to put Cardiff in control and although Michal Zyro replied for Wolves, Joe Ralls sealed the win early in the second half.

Cardiff's win at the Molineux came the day after the club were placed under a transfer embargo, which will be in place for the rest of the January transfer window.

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Amid the club's off-field financial troubles, chairman Mehmet Dalman said the "jury was still out" over former Leyton Orient manager Slade.

Asked if he felt Dalman's comments were unhelpful in the circumstances, Slade replied: "I think, when a club gets into this situation, you need to look at the whole club, not just what goes on on the pitch.

"It's the whole club that needs to be scrutinised.

"When you walk into this job, you're always under pressure."

Striker Tony Watt has returned to Charlton Athletic after Cardiff failed to extend the 22-year-old's loan spell.

Chief executive Ken Choo said Cardiff are hoping to sign three players on loan with Slade keen to add to his squad despite the transfer embargo.

"Everybody's looking to strengthen and we're no different," Slade said.

Russell Slade
Russell Slade was appointed Cardiff City manager in October 2014

"We can bring players in on loan and we shall look to do that, but of course there are restrictions. We'll have to do everything within those parameters.

"If we can manage to get a couple in, obviously within the restrictions, that can help us and improve us then we'll be looking at that.

Cardiff's play-off hopes were dealt a blow when they lost 2-0 at Hull City on Wednesday.

But Slade says his side are "right in the mix again" after victory at Wolves put them within five points of the play-off spot.

"The setback on Wednesday was disappointing but we bounced back in great fashion," Slade added.

"We're right in the mix again, with two home games (next). That's credit to the players and the staff who have worked tirelessly to get it right."

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