Jones hails back-to-form Bluebirds

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Cardiff manager Dave Jones praised the commitment of his players after they climbed back into the Coca-Cola Championship play-off places with a 1-0 home win over Preston.

Chris Burke's third goal of the season, 10 minutes after the break, gave Cardiff a deserved victory after four games without a win. Both sides looked short on confidence during an even first half but the impressive Jay Bothroyd flicked on to Burke when the Bluebirds were down to 10 men and the former Rangers midfielder cracked a left-footed shot into the roof of the net.

``Overall we deserved the win and after we scored we never sat back but kept pushing on because that is the way we play,'' Jones said. ``I never felt they could open us up during normal play but set-pieces were a worry."

He added: ``All the players want to do well and you could see the difference after we scored. It was a great result and I am really pleased for them.''

Preston boss Alan Irvine was disappointed his side left with nothing.

``There was not much between the teams and I thought it would end in a draw but the one moment of quality in the game produced the goal. That gave Cardiff a boost and we looked a little tentative after that,'' Irvine said.

``We have now conceded three top-quality strikes in the last four matches and Andy Lonergan had no chance today.

``We have lost 1-0 and shouldn't have done so but we didn't deserve to win the game as we never made enough chances even though Jon Parkin had two great opportunities.

``Cardiff are a very good side but if you are not quite right you lose games but today they were lifted by the goal.''

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