Cardiff boss Erol Bulut pleased with Rubin Colwill’s reply to recent criticism
Phil Blanche, PA Sport
Cardiff boss Erol Bulut savoured a Severnside derby victory as Rubin Colwill replied to recent criticism from his manager with a first league goal for 19 months.
Colwill sealed Cardiff’s 2-0 win over Bristol City in stoppage time with a superb strike as the Bluebirds climbed to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship.
The Wales international’s first league goal since March 2022 – cutting between two defenders before rifling a ferocious angled drive in to the roof of the net – came after Bulut said he had a problem with him and team-mate Callum Robinson over their work-rate.
Bulut said: “I was clear what I wanted from those two players. Offensively they are good.
“We saw again from Colwill a great goal, last game Robinson scored and also worked a lot here.
“Defensively they are doing much better than before. I am expecting this because we are 11 on the field and I need 11 players, not 10.
“They understand what I want. I am honest with my players. I don’t tell them anything else. I tell them exactly what I want.
“The good thing is that they try to give me back what I went from them. This makes me happy.”
Colwill has scored twice in the Carabao Cup this season, but the 21-year-old has yet to start a Championship game under Bulut.
He has also lost his place in Rob Page’s Wales squad and dropped down to the under-21 set up after playing in the World Cup last year.
“Rubin is doing well for a long time,” insisted Bulut. “When we put him on, we get this performance that we want to see.
“I hope only for him and I can give him my advice, to not stop, to continue.
“It was not an easy game. After the last game where we won 4-0 against Huddersfield, I said to my team ‘we cannot celebrate, we have to continue to work’.
“We did and this is a good result for my team. I am glad to see this performance from the players.”
Bristol City have lost five of their last seven games and boss Nigel Pearson continues to contend with a lengthy casualty list.
“I can’t get injured players back and unfortunately, we’ve got a small squad anyway,” said Pearson.
“There wasn’t much in the game. We conceded two goals from our own possession but we didn’t create much.
“Cardiff might be doing OK, but I wouldn’t put them up with the best sides at all.
“It was a game with a team in a good seam that capitalised on our mistakes. They didn’t outplay us.”
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