Aaron Ramsey back on Sunday as Erol Bulut hails squad effort in his absence
Cardiff manager Erol Bulut’s gamble on resting Aaron Ramsey paid handsome dividends as his side beat Coventry 3-2 to make it back-to-back home wins in the Championship for the first time since February.
Ramsey sat out the game against the Sky Blues having played for both club and country last week and Bulut did not want to push him too hard too soon.
“Aaron was rested because he had had a problem with his adductor muscle when he was away with the national team and he felt it again against Swansea,” said Bulut.
“I couldn’t risk him getting any more injuries, but he’ll be back for Sunderland on Sunday.
“He’s a great, great player who has enjoyed a great career, but the players who came in tonight showed that all the team is important, not just individuals.
“We have to be a team and we showed we are a team tonight against a good Coventry side. It was a good victory over Swansea, but we couldn’t celebrate too much because of this game.
“We had to rest, work hard and then put in 100 per cent effort for 100 minutes to make it back-to-back wins.”
Dimitrios Goutas and Karlan Grant each scored their first Cardiff goal, either side of Matt Godden’s equaliser. Kion Etete scored Cardiff’s clincher before Godden pulled another back in stoppage time.
After four successive draws, Mark Robins’ Sky Blues – play-off finalists last season – saw Cardiff overtake them in the league table as they slumped to 15th.
“We weren’t brave enough – for the first 20-25 minutes, we didn’t lay a glove on them,” said Robins.
“We are normally braver and better on the ball than that. We turned the ball over a lot.
“I also felt disappointed by the manner of the goals we conceded. We scored two goals away from home and gave three away – that’s not like us.
“We don’t normally concede like that, and certainly not from set-pieces. We have players in the side who are better than that.
“We have got good players in the side who can do the job but for two thirds of the first half we didn’t cause them any issues. We had a good spell at the end when Matt Godden got his second goal.
“We’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again. We’ve got good players who can do a job, but they need to communicate better.”