By Danny Wright

Neil Warnock has hailed Sol Bamba for his performance against his old side Leeds United in Cardiff’s 3-1 victory over them on Tuesday night.

Bamba, 32, left Elland Road last season to sign for the Bluebirds on a free transfer after he slipped down the pecking order of Garry Monk.

Leeds supporters had made it no secret that Bamba would not have been a good signing for the South Wales side, but Warnock believes that they in fact helped the Ivory Coast international to put in a solid display to help his side go top of the Championship table.

Cardiff have been hit by injuries recently, meaning that Bamba had to play away from the centre of defence in a holding midfield role, and when discussing the men sidelined, Warnock said that he almost overlooked the entire problem.

“It never worried me because I know what the big man (Bamba) can do. I knew the atmosphere would help him with what they (Leeds fans) say about him. I think it drives him on and I just said to him to do his best. It’s strange, I never thought about it until the Sunday afternoon when I first heard about the injuries, but he came in and did a super job,” he said, as quoted by Wales Online.

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Cardiff senior player Bamba has made 10 appearances for the table-toppers this season, scoring two goals in the process against both QPR and Sheffield Wednesday.

He played 56 times for Leeds before leaving in September after a poor start to the 2015/16 campaign while Monk was in charge.

Warnock has constantly hailed the ex-Hibernian defender in his time at Cardiff, and once even dubbed him as the best player in the Championship after a goalscoring start to life in Wales.

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