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Cardiff City's form since appointing Mick McCarthy in January has been nothing short of remarkable and a 4-0 win against Derby County on Tuesday night raised plenty of eyebrows...because of the possession stats.
The Championship side have climbed to sixth in the league after seven wins in their last 10 games.
McCarthy's pragmatic and risk-free approach has certainly brought success to the Cardiff City Stadium. He has restored balance to the club's line-up, employing five at the back.
The #Bluebirds return to winning ways! :blue_heart:
:one::zero: unbeaten under Mick! :clap:#CityAsOne pic.twitter.com/4kEo4AWxN9
- Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) March 2, 2021
Cardiff City since appointing Mick McCarthy..
:white_check_mark: 2-0 Bristol City
:white_check_mark: 2-1 Rotherham
:white_check_mark: 3-1 Coventry
:white_check_mark: 2-0 Luton
:white_check_mark: 4-0 Preston
:white_check_mark: 2-1 Bournemouth
:white_check_mark: 4-0 Derby
Destination: Premier League. :flag_black: pic.twitter.com/55ala8XpMY
- Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) March 2, 2021
It was a classic Mick McCarthy display as the Welsh side produced a very cautious Football Manager-style performance against their opponents, having more shots and shots on target despite earning just 27 percent possession.
Compared to the home side, Derby completed almost triple the amount of passes but they didn't make it count.
I mean, just look at these stats from Tuesday night's Championship clash.
In his post-match interview, Mick McCarthy admitted his side weren't at their very best but he was clearly in good spirits.
"I don't know if that's the best we've played, it is another good performance, we were very organised and disciplined and didn't allow Derby to play through us." he said.
"We worked exceptionally hard and that gives you the foundation to create chances and I was disappointed we weren't more than 1-0 up at half-time.
"It was great to get the second goal when we did and we thoroughly deserved the victory.
"We'll be back in tomorrow and recovering. It's easier to recover, easier to want to play. everybody wants to play, things are good. Long may that continue, we've won nowt yet, that's for sure."
Can McCarthy lead Cardiff to the Premier League again? It's certainly looking promising as they make it 10 games unbeaten.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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