22 February 2022 |

Iain Darbyshire says Cardiff City must back up south Wales derby victory

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Cardiff City manager Iain Darbyshire insists his side must back up their derby victory over Swansea City with a consistent run of results.

The Bluebirds enjoyed their best result of the season to end Swansea's three-and-a-half-year unbeaten run in the Genero Adran Premier.

Both sides were forced to battle in the high winds of Storm Eunice but the hosts took advantage of the conditions in the first half, with Amy Williams, Zoe Atkins and Catherine Walsh ensuring they led 3-0 at the break.

The Swans replied in the second half through substitute Karmyn Carter, who struck twice, but the home side held out to seal the victory in Leckwith.

And Darbyshire, whose side cut the gap on the leaders to four points, says they must use the result as a stepping stone in the Genero Adran Premier title race.

"It was a fantastic performance in terrible conditions," he said. "I thought it was a game where we had to dig in, particularly in the first half, and take our opportunities when we had the wind behind us.

"In the second half, we knew that there would be times when we would be without the ball, so we had to show a different side to us.

"We know we can beat Swansea now and it's just about being consistent in the big games and that's the next step for us. 

"We've got a lot of youngsters blending with our senior players and if we are consistent we have every opportunity to win titles or medals."

The Swans, who are the defending back-to-back champions in the top flight, had remarkably not suffered a defeat in the league since October 2018.

And while Darbyshire was delighted that it was his side who finally brought their staggering run to an end, he praised the Swans for the way they've gone about their business.

"It's their first loss in three years in the league and that's a massive credit to them.

"Chris Church and Ian Owen don't get enough credit for what they've done over the years because what they've done is incredible in any league.

"We're glad that we're the team who've ended the run and we'll look to go on a run of our own to see where it takes us."

The Bluebirds have a break from league action next weekend as they face Aberystwyth Town in the Genero Adran Trophy semi final at Park Avenue.

"We've got a couple of semi-finals to look forward to and we've had some tough games against Aberystwyth," added Darbyshire.

"We know it's going to be difficult because they are a very good side and they're developing together as a group. It's good to have another team who can push the bigger teams forward."