The challenge to get out of the Championship will be a much fairer one next season, according to Neil Warnock.
The Cardiff boss is confident his team could be one of many to have a chance of getting into the Premier League in time for the 2018-19 season.
After losing on Friday night, Neil Warnock indicated that the rest of the clubs had been wasting their time when it came to the automatic promotion spots this time around.
The 68 year old believing that both Brighton and Newcastle were a class above the other 21 Championship clubs.
Going into Saturday’s fixtures the league table appears to back up what Warnock has to say, with Brighton and Newcastle respectively 11 and 10 points clear of the rest and a massive 26 and 25 points respectively ahead of eighth placed Norwich, who came down with Newcastle last season.
Then respectively 31 and 30 points ahead of the other relegated side, Aston Villa.
Next season both Villa and Norwich will be two of the fancied clubs to go up, as well as whoever drops down from the top tier this time.
Both Sunderland and Middlesbrough look sure to be in the Championship but Neil Warnock doesn’t think they are anywhere near the same level as Newcastle and Brighton have been this time – and thinks the north east pair will instead simply be part of a ‘very even’ second tier.
“We need quality (next season) in the forward line and find more goals, apart from that, it looks like an exciting time.
“I don’t think there is a Brighton or Newcastle in the Championship next season, so it will be very even.
“Even though we’re not spending a lot of money, I think with what we’ve got and four or five additions, we can be up there.
“The bookies will have us just below halfway but you never know – if you get a team spirit like Brighton.
“It took them three years but we haven’t got three years, so we have got to conjure four or five new signings and give it a go.”
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