Rob Kelly has urged his players to ensure their solid victory at Port Vale can act as a platform for a run of form which can carry them away from the League Two danger zone.
The Assistant Manager oversaw the team during the 2-0 triumph at Vale Park on Saturday, with new boss Michael Jolley electing to watch from the stands after being appointed earlier in the week.
Kelly said having Jolley in attendance played a part in The Bluebirds’ confident Boxing Day display and now wants the players to turn in performances like that more consistently.
“The players deserve all the congratulations because they’re the ones who have to go out and do it,” Kelly told iFollow.
“It was a different performance to the Cheltenham one – both were very professional, but we had to dig it out a little bit today in blustery conditions against a team who are a real threat.
“It was great to get a clean sheet, back-to-back clean sheets are really important and we took our chances at the other end so I am really, really pleased.
“We had to see out the first 15 or 20 minutes, but we grew in to it after that. It was never comfortable but I thought at times we played some good stuff but it was a professional performance to get the three points.
“This is a hard and unforgiving league as we’ve seen already so those six points from the last two games will give us a little bit of a springboard and, if we can get a couple of more, we can be looking up rather than over our shoulders.
“The Manager came in afterwards and congratulated the lads; him being here has got to have an effect as well so they had to be on the mettle, so it was good he came in after and said well done.”
Click here to watch our full post-match video interview with Rob Kelly on iFollow.