Neil Warnock told Cardiff City players Emiliano Sala would have been proud of their performance after Bobby Reid scored twice in a 2-0 win over Bournemouth.

A visibly emotional Warnock walked around the pitch to celebrate with supporters at the end of the Bluebirds' first home game since new signing Emiliano Sala went missing when the plane he was on disappeared while crossing the English Channel on January 21.

The result took Cardiff to within two points of 17th-placed Burnley in the Premier League and Warnock said his side got their reward for successive good performances in the narrow defeat to Arsenal and Saturday's triumph.

"It has been a very emotional 10 days and it just got to me at the end," Warnock told BT Sport. "I said to the lads: 'I know he's not here today, but Emiliano would have been proud of us all today.'

"I thought they [the players] were amazing. I thought they were at Arsenal - I was disappointed we didn't win the other night.

"We worked on the system and what we were going to do, and I thought it worked an absolute treat.

"We knew they'd have a lot of possession, they've got some good players. They've got something like £86million worth of players on the bench - we had about three [£3m worth of players on the bench]!"

Reid converted a penalty after five minutes following Steve Cook's handball in the box, and the former Bristol City forward struck again just 15 seconds into the second half to double Cardiff's lead.

The 26-year-old's performance was a fitting tribute to Sala, and Warnock said the result would help the club move forward.

"The attitude was fabulous, we played some good stuff, we broke well," said Warnock.

"Now we can get on with the season and we've told the teams above us we're not going to give up without a fight. I'm proud to be the manager, definitely."

Reid, who has made 11 Premier League starts this season and scored four goals, held aloft a jersey with Sala's picture on it after netting the opener, something he did for the striker's family.

He added: "It was right to do so. We have had a tough few weeks and it was good to do that for him and the family."

Bobby Reid scored a brace on his 26th birthday to help Cardiff City end their four-game winless Premier League streak with a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth as the club paid tribute to missing striker Emiliano Sala.

It was Cardiff's first win of 2019 and one they thoroughly deserved after successfully shackling a Bournemouth side who put four past Chelsea in their previous outing.

Reid converted a fifth-minute penalty and was a constant menace to Bournemouth's defenders, who failed to contain him when he doubled the Bluebirds' lead just seconds into the second half.

The result was not enough to lift Cardiff out of the relegation zone - they are two points behind 17th-placed Burnley - but on an emotional night they pulled together and delivered a result and a performance that the whole club sorely needed. Sala became Cardiff's record signing last month when he moved from Nantes, but while crossing the English Channel his plane subsequently disappeared.

Steve Cook handled a high ball in the penalty area to divert it away from Oumar Niasse after just five minutes and Reid sent the ensuing spot-kick straight down the middle to beat Artur Boruc.

Bournemouth grew into the game with Josh King and Andrew Surman pulling the strings and Ryan Fraser curled a shot around the post from 18 yards with Cardiff's defenders backing away from him.

Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge made a superb save to turn Surman's dipping 20-yard shot onto the crossbar and at the other end Adam Smith defended Josh Murphy's cross superbly, sweeping the ball away from Callum Paterson when the winger would surely have scored at close range.

The second half was just 13 seconds old when Aron Gunnarsson's long ball forward split the Bournemouth defence and Reid took a touch to guide it past Boruc before tucking it into the empty net.

Bournemouth pressed throughout the second half without giving Etheridge any real scares and Eddie Howe's men certainly missed the creativity of David Brooks as they suffered a second defeat in four games.

What does it mean? Cherries picked off

Bournemouth were hopeful of claiming a third successive league win when they arrived in Cardiff, but the Bluebirds instead moved to within two points of safety.

Reid runs the show

Cardiff had hoped Sala would be the man to turn their season around and Reid rose to the occasion on a night when his absence was on peoples' minds, scoring twice and providing the hosts with a constant attacking outlet.

Cook caught out

Bournemouth were still very much in the game at the start of the second half, but after Reid cruised past Cook with ease to score Cardiff's second, the Cherries were left with a mountain to climb.

What's next?

Cardiff head to Southampton for a clash that could have a significant bearing on this season's Premier League relegation battle, while Bournemouth face a daunting trip to Anfield to face league leaders Liverpool.

Neil Warnock says Cardiff City tried to sign a replacement for Emiliano Sala, but were unable to persuade a striker to join the Premier League club.

Sala became Cardiff's record signing when he moved from Nantes, but while crossing the English Channel his plane subsequently disappeared.

Both Sala and pilot David Ibbotson remain missing, with the player's family raising funds to launch their own private operation. 

Cardiff's appeal for the Premier League to grant them an extension to the transfer window was turned down and Thursday's deadline passed without a replacement arriving, although they brought in midfielder Leandro Bacuna from Reading for a reported £3million.

And Warnock confirmed Cardiff tried to bring in another striker to add to a squad in the Premier League's relegation zone.

"One or two of the strikers that we were told about didn't really want to come in, in the circumstances," he told a news conference ahead of Saturday's home game with Bournemouth.

"They [players] didn't want to come after what's happened, so it's been a very difficult transfer window. I was really pleased with [Leandro] Bacuna, that was a bonus.

"Because at the start of the transfer window, I would have been pleased to get two of my three targets. I should have probably got all three of them as we know now, so I don't think we could have worked much harder.

"For one lad from abroad who we were looking at, the sort of finances we were talking, you'd thought the lad was playing for his country on a regular basis. They were talking the sort of money we paid for Bacuna - as a signing on fee, plus an agent's fee.

"I wasn't going to jeopardise the club or the owners for something like that, so we had to pull the plug on a couple of deals at the end of the day. One of them possibly was [close] until we finally got the terms, which were astronomical for what we agreed. Things seemed to change every other day.

"Whether they were pushing on our circumstances, I don't know. I spoke to [chairman] Mehmet [Dalman] and [chief executive] Ken Choo at great length and we weren't going to have a gun put to our head."

Vahid Halilhodzic said Nantes' 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne was the hardest match of his career after the Ligue 1 club paid emotional tributes to their missing former player Emiliano Sala.

On Wednesday, Nantes played their first match since Sala went missing onboard a private jet on January 21 having completed a transfer to Cardiff City days before.

Nine days on, authorities believe the only trace of the aircraft they have found are two seat cushions that were discovered on Monday.

After hearing of Sala's disappearance, Nantes pushed back their match with Saint-Etienne and arranged for numerous marks of respect for the striker.

Players took to the pitch in shirts bearing Sala's name, there was a cover showing his face in the centre circle and the match was stopped in the ninth minute for applause.

Once the game got underway, Nantes fell behind to a Remy Cabella strike but sealed a point thanks to Abdul Majeed Waris.

However, the result was not important to Halilhodzic, who was proud his players got through a difficult night.

"This is probably the toughest game I had to prepare," he told reporters. "My team showed a great attitude ... the reaction after the opener...I told my players 'I am very proud of you'.

"After a difficult start, we then controlled the game, we had a few chances, which is why I said that my players were exceptional in such a context. I told them that we will win the other matches with such an attitude, it is really a reaction of pride.

"We will never forget Emiliano, he is an exceptional boy. I hope the boys will smile again.

"I want to congratulate the fans and the players for the dignity of this evening."

Midfielder Valentin Rongier echoed his coach's comments, saying: "It was an evening with a lot of feelings but we tried to give our best. I think we achieved that.

"It was very hard, especially at the beginning when we came onto the pitch. It took time for us to focus."

Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Toure added: "We knew there would be a lot of emotion. That's why we needed to play good because he [Sala] gave us so much for many years."

Nantes paid tribute to their missing former player Emiliano Sala with a centre-circle cover showing his face ahead of their rearranged Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne.

Guernsey Police on Thursday ceased looking for Sala, who was aboard a Piper Malibu aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson when the plane went missing over the English Channel en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.

Sala completed a transfer to Cardiff City the weekend before and had been back in France bidding farewell to his colleagues at Nantes.

Nine days on, authorities believe the only trace of the aircraft they have found are two seat cushions which were discovered on Monday.

After hearing of Sala's disappearance, Nantes' match against Saint-Etienne was pushed back four days to Wednesday, and Nantes arranged for multiple tributes on an emotional day.

Nantes players took to the pitch with jerseys all bearing Sala's name, as well as the message "animo Emi", before standing in front of a centre-circle cover showing the striker's face.

In the dressing room, the club hung up a shirt also bearing a photo of Sala in the place he would have usually prepared himself.

Visitors Saint-Etienne wore "pray for Sala" jerseys during their warm-up.

Supporters then unfurled a huge tifo depicting Sala just prior to kick-off, starting the match with a rousing rendition of his name.

And the referee stopped play as the clock showed nine minutes, allowing for the players to take part in an emotional minute's applause for the striker who wore No.9.

The tributes came a day after Sala was honoured at the Emirates Stadium, where Cardiff faced Arsenal in their first match since the aircraft went missing.

Cardiff's staff and fans wore daffodils, with the flowers also handed out alongside the official matchday programme, which listed Sala as part of the Welsh side's squad.

Club chief executive Ken Choo explained the use of the daffodil last Friday, highlighting its significance for both Wales and Nantes – the latter of whom wear yellow.

Seat cushions thought to be from the plane that went missing with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board have been found on a beach in northern France, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed.

Guernsey Police on Thursday ceased looking for Sala, who was aboard a Piper Malibu aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson when the plane went missing over the English Channel en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.

Sala completed a transfer to Cardiff the weekend before and had been back in France bidding farewell to his colleagues at Nantes.

Initial search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without finding any trace of the plane, before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.

But, a week on from the incident, the AAIB were alerted to two seat cushions found on a beach near the town of Surtainville, and they are now preparing to comb an area of the seabed in an attempt to find wreckage.

"On the morning of Monday 28 January, we were advised by the Bureau d'Enquetes and d'Analyses (BEA), the French safety investigation authority, that part of a seat cushion had been found on a beach near Surtainville on the Cotentin Peninsula," the AAIB announced in a statement on Wednesday.

"A second cushion was found in the same area later that day. From a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft.

"From the moment we were notified of the missing aircraft, we have been looking at the feasibility of conducting an underwater seabed search for aircraft wreckage. Based on a detailed assessment of the flight path and last known radar position, we have now identified a priority search area of approximately four square nautical miles.

"Through the Ministry of Defence's Salvage and Marine Operations (SALMO) Project Team, we have commissioned a specialist survey vessel to carry out an underwater survey of the seabed to try to locate and identify possible aircraft wreckage.

"Due to the weather and sea conditions, we currently expect our underwater seabed search to start at the end of this weekend and to take up to three days. Side-scan sonar equipment will be used to try to locate the wreckage on the seabed. If the wreckage is found, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will be used to visually examine the wreckage.

"We are aware that a privately operated search is also being conducted in the area, and we are liaising closely with those involved to maximise the chance of locating any wreckage and ensure a safe search operation.

"Our remit is to undertake safety investigations to establish the cause of accidents. We do not apportion blame or liability."

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba revealed some of his team-mates became fearful of flying after new signing Emiliano Sala went missing while on board a plane.

The whereabouts of club-record recruit Sala remains unknown following the disappearance of a Piper Malibu aircraft en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.

Sala was travelling to the Welsh capital having farewelled his Nantes team-mates before the plane vanished without a trace, with Guernsey Police ending the search on Thursday.

The Argentine striker was honoured before Arsenal's 2-1 Premier League win over Cardiff on Tuesday following the distribution of daffodils with the match programme at the Emirates Stadium.

Reflecting on the heartbreaking situation, Bamba told BBC Sport Wales: "It is very difficult to even describe how the players are feeling.

"It is a very unusual situation, a big tragedy. We have all been affected by it, the lads, the city, the whole club.

"We have had some help. We travel by plane and some of the lads have been thinking 'I don't want to go on it anymore.'

"It was that deep, the gaffer has been good and the club have been good in terms of bringing someone in to talk to if we need to.

"And I think some of the lads do, they need to get it out. So I think it was good thinking from the club and the gaffer and hopefully in the weeks to come we are going to feel better."

 

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said it was important his team gave a good account of themselves for missing striker Emiliano Sala in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.

The match was the Bluebirds' first since Sala's plane disappeared when travelling back to Cardiff from Nantes last Monday after he said his farewells to his former colleagues having completed a move to the Premier League side the weekend before.

The search was called off on Thursday, before a private operation was started three days later when Sala's family reached a €300,000 crowdfunding target.

There were tributes to Sala before the game, as daffodils were handed out with the official match programme, while Arsenal included his name in Cardiff's squad.

And Warnock felt the team did Sala proud on the pitch.

"We talked about Emiliano before the game and I thought it was appropriate that we gave a good account of ourselves against a good side and I thought we could've won the game," Warnock told BBC Sport.

"What a performance, if Arsenal had our chances they would've beaten us by four. Nineteen shots at the Emirates, it's definitely our best performance of the season."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were on target for Arsenal, before Nathaniel Mendez-Laing scored a consolation in second-half injury time for Cardiff.

Arsenal and Cardiff City have paid tribute to missing striker Emiliano Sala by handing out daffodils with the match programme at the Emirates Stadium.

Guernsey Police have ended their search and rescue operation for Sala, who was on board a Piper Malibu aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson when the plane went missing en route to the Welsh capital from Nantes last Monday.

Sala became Cardiff's club-record signing the weekend before and the 28-year-old's family have since been able to restart the search thanks to a crowdfunding effort.

Tuesday's Premier League trip to Arsenal is Cardiff's first match since Sala disappeared, and the Welsh club's staff and fans are expected to wear yellow daffodils.

The flower will also be handed out alongside the official matchday programme, which lists Sala as part of Cardiff's squad, with a daffodil where his number would have been.

Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo explained the use of the daffodil on Friday, highlighting its significance for both Wales and Nantes.

"It is a yellow flower, the flower of Wales and has significance to Nantes," he said. "We feel for FC Nantes, their fans and players.

"They definitely know Emiliano better than we do and it is tougher for them at this point in time."

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock says the disappearance of Emiliano Sala has led him to consider his future in football, although he welcomes the distraction of a trip to Arsenal.

Nantes forward Sala completed a club-record transfer to Cardiff before the plane he was aboard went missing en route to the Welsh capital from France last week.

The search for Sala was ended by Guernsey Police on Thursday - although the 28-year-old's family are determined to resume the operation - and Cardiff are now set to play for the first time since the incident on Tuesday.

Addressing the media ahead of the Arsenal match, Warnock revealed the strain that had been placed on himself and the Cardiff squad, having met the player as a big-money move was agreed.

"You think 24 hours a day about whether to carry on," the manager told a news conference. "It's impossible to sleep.

"I've been in football management for 40 years and it's been by far the most difficult week in my career, by an absolute mile. It's been a traumatic week and even now I can't get my head around the situation.

"It's probably hit me harder than anyone else as I've met the lad and talked to him for the last six to eight weeks.

"It's such a difficult time. I keep looking at my own children and thinking what I would be doing now. The family have been fantastic. Our fans and Nantes fans have been amazing as well.

"It's been amazing the knock on with the players in training. It's unknown territory. Football is important, but when a tragedy like this happens...

"I think from the players' point of view they need some sort of distraction now because it's so doom and gloom and sorrowful, the place is so sombre all the way around the club. You need some sort of a game to get firing again."

But with Sala's family reaching a €300,000 crowdfunding target to resume the search operation, Cardiff team-mate Sol Bamba is clinging to the hope of a "happy ending".

"It's a human tragedy and if you're human, you're going to be hurt by it," said Bamba. "You're right to feel like that, it's a tragedy. If you've got a heart, you're going to be affected by it.

"Even if he wasn't fully part of us, from the minute he signed for us and came to see the boys to say hello, he was part of us, so everyone feels like he is part of the team.

"We have to hope because we haven't found his body yet, even if the chances are very slim, but we like to think there can be a happy ending hopefully."

Bordeaux have denied demanding a fee for missing striker Emiliano Sala following his move to Cardiff City.

Sala completed a club-record transfer to Premier League side Cardiff before the plane he was aboard went missing en route to the Welsh capital from Nantes on Monday.

The search for Sala – who had been back in France bidding farewell to his team-mates at Nantes – was ended by Guernsey Police on Thursday, though the 28-year-old's family are determined to resume the operation.

Amid the heartache, reports have emerged that Bordeaux asked for a fee from Sala's transfer, believed to be 50 per cent following his spell at the club from 2012 to 2015, though the Ligue 1 outfit dismissed those claims.

"FC Girondins de Bordeaux formally denies the information published in the Presse Ocean newspaper that the club claimed its 'due' on the occasion of the transfer of Emiliano Sala," Bordeaux said in a statement.

"In today's sad circumstances, Girondins de Bordeaux express their support for Emiliano Sala's family and friends."

Sala's family reached their €300,000 crowdfunding target in their bid to resume the search for the Argentine forward.

Search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without a trace of the Piper Malibu aircraft before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.

A GoFundMe page was created by non-profit organisation Sport Cover on Friday, with "its sole purpose" being to help continue the search for Sala and Ibbotson.

The pot surpassed the €300,000 mark on Sunday, with a donation of €30,010 from Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe helping it over the line.

Emiliano Sala's family have reached their €300,000 crowdfunding target in their bid to resume the search for the missing Cardiff City striker.

Guernsey Police on Thursday ceased looking for Sala, who was on board a Piper Malibu aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson when the plane went missing en route to the Welsh capital from Nantes on Monday.

Sala completed a transfer to Cardiff the weekend before and had been back in France bidding farewell to his colleagues at Nantes.

Search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without a trace of the plane before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.

A GoFundMe page was created by non-profit organisation Sport Cover on Friday, with "its sole purpose" being to help continue the search for Sala and Ibbotson.

The pot surpassed the €300,000 mark on Sunday, with a donation of €30,010 from Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe helping it over the line.

Mbappe is not the only high-profile player to donate a substantial sum, as his PSG team-mate Adrien Rabiot contributed €25,000 on Saturday, while Marseille star Dimitri Payet pledged €10,000 later the same day.

Argentina's ambassador to the United Kingdom has requested that the British government resume the search for missing Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala as the striker's family prepare a private effort of their own.

Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona have added to the growing calls for the search for Emiliano Sala to be resumed, with the family of the missing Cardiff City striker hiring a private company to continue looking for the footballer.

Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic has pleaded with authorities to resume the search for his missing former player Emiliano Sala.

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