Cardiff City are going great guns since the arrival of Mick McCarthy.
It’s now two draws and three wins on the spin for the Bluebirds since the veteran boss took over from Neil Harris in the Welsh capital.
A change in the dugout saw a marked improvement in fortunes, with City moving from 15th place in the Championship and looking down to seventh place and gazing up, all in the space of a month.
One man whose form has been a constant though is Kieffer Moore, who has been Cardiff’s talisman during the first half of a tough season.
His goals and general link-up play have been the foundation though good and bad this term, and under McCarthy and Terry Connor’s tutelage, Moore has continued his goalscoring streak.
He netted twice in the 3-1 win over Coventry City on Saturday to take his tally to 13 goals this term – and he has been backed to reach a milestone by the time the season is through.
Speaking on Quest, host Colin Murray said to former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent: “He (Moore) was brilliant today.”
“He was,” Bent replied.
“If he continues like he is at the minute I think, for me, he’ll get 20 goals because the composure he shows for the first goal, a lot of people would have tried to hit it early, but the composure to sit the defender down and go past him and casually just roll it into the net.
“He is a man on top, top form, and as I said, if continues in this vein, I think he’ll hit 20 goals this season – league goals that is as well.”
The conversation then moved on to McCarthy’s future in the Welsh capital.
The 62-year-old signed a short-term contract when he took over at Cardiff City Stadium, with a discussion set to be had at the end of the campaign.
Ian Holloway, Bent’s fellow pundit on the highlights show, believes it will difficult to look past McCarthy for the job longer term now, such has been his success.
Murray stated that it was no surprise that McCarthy and Cardiff were a good match, to which Holloway replied: “It’s no surprise.
“I don’t know what Cardiff’s fit was, what they wanted, but it’s going to be hard not to give it to Mick now.”
McCarthy is the first Bluebirds manager to go unbeaten in his first five matches since Lennie Lawrence in 2002 – almost 20 years ago.
His impact has been marked, with a revitalised Josh Murphy explaining that the former Republic of Ireland boss has “galvanised” the squad following Harris’ departure.
For his part, McCarthy says he is enjoying the challenge in south Wales and would be keen for another crack at the Premier League.
He said before the game against the Sky Blues: “I’ve had a fairly decent career in the Championship. Just because I was 62 last week doesn’t mean I want to pack it in.
“I want to prove to myself every day and every week that I can still get a tune out of people.
“And I would still love a crack at the Premier League, I’ve got to be honest.
“I’m not suggesting we are going to do that this year. I would like to enhance my record in the Championship.”