Brilliant Bluebirds thrash Preston as their superb surge towards the playoffs continues

Cardiff City laid down an emphatic statement to the rest of the championship as they thrashed Preston 4-0 in their quest for promotion.

It took the bluebirds just two minutes to open the scoring as talisman Kieffer Moore rifled his penalty into the top corner.

It was the Welsh international’s sixth goal in just seven games, proving he is one of the Championship’s hottest prospects at the moment.

Mick McMarhty’s men nearly doubled their lead on the ten-minute mark but a super save from Iversen denied captain Sean Morrison.

It was an energetic start from the Welsh outfit, as they pressed high up the pitch with real intent which characterised the fresh lease of life the new manager has instilled within the club.

The second half began like the first, this time with Josh Murphy firing City into a 2-0 lead after finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

The ex-Norwich winger has completely revived his Cardiff City career, finally showing the quality he possesses and living up to his hefty price tag – He’s really gone from zero to hero.

Another hero stood in between the goal posts in what transpired to be a roller-coaster five minutes.

After Anthony Gordon was brought down in the penalty area, Preston failed to capitalise as their penalty was saved by Phillips.

But it didn’t end there. The Lilywhites were given a second chance from the spot as Gallagher was fouled by Flint in the follow up from the first penalty.

This time Welshman Ched Evans stepped up, but remarkably he too saw his shot saved.

Just five minutes later, Marlon Pack added a third for Cardiff and completely summed up the change of fortunes the bluebirds have endured recently.

Substitute Mark Harris further added salt to the wound as he capitalised on a defensive error and claimed a fantastic 4-0 win for his team.

Play off push

 It’s been nothing short of a miracle on how McCarthy has got the bluebirds firing on all cylinders again.

They now sit just three points behind 6thplace Bournemouth, who lost 2-1 to QPR.

It’s left the door wide open for Cardiff, and with the Cherries to play next, we could see the Welsh side snatch 6thplace off them.

Thierry Henry is favourite for the job, and Bournemouth fans will be hoping he can have a similar impact as McCarthy has had at Cardiff.

City will now seemingly go into the clash as favourites as this incredible run continues. They are now unbeaten in seven under new management.