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Cardiff City must improve away record in order to avoid relegation, says defender Joe Bennett

Cardiff City defender Joe Bennett insists the Bluebirds must improve on their dismal away record to avoid relegation.

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The Bluebirds beat Southampton 1-0 on Saturday- their fourth in five home games - was supplied by makeshift striker Callum Paterson's fourth goal of the season and took them into a season-high position of 14th.

Neil Warnock's side have won 13 of their 14 points at home.

We've been struggling away from home where it's obviously difficult to get points.

But if we can carry on our home form and nick a few results away from home that could keep us up.

It's vital we try and pick up points away.

I think we've got to do that to stay up.

It looks good at the moment, but a few bad results and you can find yourselves back down there.

It's important we carry on playing like we are, and hopefully we can stay clear of the relegation zone.

– Joe Bennett, Cardiff City defender
Callum Paterson's goal on Saturday helps move Cardiff City away from the Premier League relegation zone. Credit: PA

Paterson scored the winner in the 74th minute when Jannik Vestergaard was in control and seemingly shepherding the ball back to his goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Referee Jon Moss was considering bringing the play back for a foul on Cardiff's Victor Camarasa, but the big Danish centre-back made a hash of his possession.

The split-second was all that Paterson needed and the striker, who was signed as a right-back and who still fills that position for Scotland, nipped in to beat McCarthy for his fourth goal of the season.

There was another escape for Saints when Jan Bednarek was caught dozing by Paterson and Valery did just enough to prevent Murphy getting his shot away.

Southampton offered little threat until Paterson's miscued clearance from a corner looped onto the Cardiff crossbar and Mario Lemina sent the rebound over on the volley.

But Cardiff finished the half on top and Mendez-Laing's firm attempt was acrobatically tipped over by McCarthy.

Southampton called for a penalty on the hour when Camarasa left a leg dangling and Stuart Armstrong went over it, but referee Moss was not interested.

It proved a decisive moment as Vestergaard's colossal mistake was punished and Morrison should have added to Saints' misery when he planted a free header wide from eight yards.