NEIL Warnock says Cardiff are "alive and kicking" in the relegation fight after narrowing the gap to Albion to two points.

The veteran boss was proud of his team's performance in the vital victory over the Seagulls after they were written off.

Warnock said: "So many pundits said it would be our last game in the Premier League. We're alive and kicking. I was proud of the performance. We were disciplined, we were a bit more clinical in the final third."

Warnock claimed Cardiff should have been awarded a penalty of their own after appeals by the Seagulls when Lewis Dunk was grappled to the ground by Bruno Manga were ignored by ref Andre Marriner.

"I haven't seen it back," Warnock said. "Someone tells me we had a certain handball from their left-back (Bernardo) in the 28th minute, pushing the ball forward with his hand. So it might have been one each.”