Last week, there were suggestions that Steve Morison may be removed from his position as interim boss at Cardiff despite having only recently taken on the role.
However, Sunday’s 2-1 victory over promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest should go some way to easing any pressure, the Bluebirds now sitting six points clear of the drop zone.
Things may change should Cardiff succumb to rivals Barnsley later this week, but Morison will feel that he deserves an opportunity to get the most out of the array of new arrivals in South Wales.
Morison got an instant contribution out of Jordan Hugill, who netted within six minutes of his debut, while Alfie Doughty made a solid impression at left wing-back.
In the long term, Morison will have to improve on a return of 15 points from 13 league matches, but there are signs that Cardiff can do enough to keep themselves away from the relegation zone going forward.
As far as Barnsley are concerned, Poya Asbaghi will be fearful of his club being cut adrift in the relegation zone unless they can get a win on the board as soon as possible.
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Despite the positives being able to be taken from only losing 1-0 to Bournemouth at the weekend, the Yorkshire outfit remain without a league victory since the start of November.
Fortunately for Barnsley, Reading have not been able to pull away in 21st spot, keeping their hopes of an unlikely survival alive despite just two wins coming from 27 games.
Nevertheless, there will be an acceptance that 20th position will realistically be beyond them if they succumb to a sixth defeat in seven outings on Wednesday, leaving Asbaghi to contemplate whether this fixture is a must-win or must-not-lose