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Cardiff City 2-1 Charlton Athletic – Slade pleased with Bluebirds’ reaction

RUSSELL SLADE was left delighted with his side’s character as Cardiff got back to winning ways against Charlton.

The Bluebirds had suffered consecutive defeats to Hull and Rotherham United respectively, but goals from Joe Mason and Sean Morrison secured a 2-1 victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.

And Slade was very impressed with his team’s response after Karlan Ahearne-Grant opened the scoring for the visitors.

“It was important for us to bounce back. That was the big thing- the reaction from the disappointment of the two defeats,” he told the media at his post-match press conference.

“The greatest thing today was that on the back of two defeats we’ve gone a goal down but we’ve had a terrific response. The players showed great character and didn’t panic.

“In many ways we found that extra half gear when they did score. We played with a bit more intensity when going forward and certainly deserved the equaliser and the goal that brought us the three points.”

One man who Cardiff, now fifth in the Championship table, should not forget to thank is goalkeeper Simon Moore.

The 25-year-old replaced David Marshall, who began his two-match suspension after being sent off during the defeat to Rotherham last weekend, and certainly made a positive impression.

The former Brentford man produced a number of fine saves to deny Guy Luzon’s side- including a vital stop from Tony Watt’s point blank range header in the first half.

And Slade was evidently pleased with Moore’s display.

“He made one very good save in the first half, which was massively important,” the 54-year-old commented.

“That one down at his feet from the header was a great save. That’s a good sign because goalkeepers have got to be concentrating all of the time.

“Sometimes you lose that bit of focus but fortunately Simon was bang on for us today at the right time.”

The 2012 League Cup finalists now turn their attention to next Saturday’s game at league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion.

And Slade admits that it will be a challenging fixture against one of his former clubs.

“It will be a tough game. Obviously they’ve have had a remarkable start to the season. It’s just nice to be going there on the back of a win ourselves again, and it’s an important game for us,” the former Leyton Orient manager added.

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