The two Neil’s are in total agreement about the Bluebirds’ chances of earning promotion back to the Premier League.

Former Cardiff City manager Warnock says: “You wouldn’t bet against Cardiff making the play-offs – and anything can happen if they achieve that.”

Current City team boss Harris said: “We can catch teams above us. The last nine games of the season matters to us now as a club. Three points against Barnsley is a good start for the rest of this season.”

Warnock was on the highlights programme Quest on Saturday and said: “Will Vaulks does well as he goes down, is first up, recovers and puts the ball in.

“Callum Paterson does what he is good at. He is first to everything and finds the net. A great lad, Paterson.

“I believe they can qualify for the play-offs.

“People thought I was in cuckoo land when I first said that, but look at the table. I don’t see anybody better than Cardiff when you look at Preston and below. They have got a great chance.

“You would not bet against them making the play-offs.”

The Bluebirds are ninth, two points off the play-off positions, and their next match is at home against Leeds on Sunday, March 15 (1pm).

Two goals in six second during the second half, netted by Vaulks and Callum Paterson, earned Cardiff victory at Oakwell and manager Neil Harris said: “The last nine games are all that matter now. It is all to play for.”

“At half-time, we talked about composure, trusting each other, being a bit braver on the ball and I reminded them of what great players they are. We saw some real moments in the second half.

“Scoring at key times is always going to be vital. Players have to deliver and the second goal was a killer blow for Barnsley because they had a mountain to climb.

“The second-half wasn’t just built off a team talk at half-time. It was built off the last 70 minutes against Brentford and probably the best week’s training since I’ve been at the club.

“We saw a competitive performance in the first-half and real quality in the second. We can catch teams above us.”

Bottom of the table Barnsley are in trouble with fixtures running out and coach Gerhard Struber said: “In the first half we were okay and in the second we forgot our game plan completely.

“Cardiff were ready for this fight, played long balls and won the aerial duels.

“It was easy for Cardiff. Too easy in the second half. I have no answer for that right now.

“Honestly, it is difficult. We have a gap of seven points [top safety] and have to show the fans a different face of Barnsley FC.

“The pressure is high. The second half was like a professional team against a youth team.

City earned a first win in five matches, scoring after 66 minutes when Bluebirds’ pressure eventually told when Vaulks reacted quickest to turn the ball home in a crowded penalty area.”

Less than 60 seconds later captain Sean Morrison picked a pass to release Paterson, and he finished clinically.

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