However, with their nearest rivals losing 3-1 on the road, the Welsh club were still able to celebrate at the final whistle, leaving Fulham to fight it out in the play-offs for a second successive season.
Warnock even has time for some brevity in his post-match conference as he reflects on playing in the Premier League next season.
True to his words, it was indeed a remarkable year for Etheridge. "I've got a great bunch of lads". Etheridge was 25 and, when he signed for Walsall in the summer of 2015, he had far more worldwide caps to his name than league appearances.
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Cardiff were in a mess when Warnock took over in October 2016.
Etheridge, who got tapped to cover for the injured Lee Camp, has revived his career with Cardiff where he has played in all but one of the Bluebirds' games this season.
It has been quite the year for the Etheridge, who earlier this year made history with the Azkals after clinching a historic maiden trip to the AFC Asian Cup in 2019. There are always going to be doubters and people that will question you as a player but you've just got to get through it.
Cardiff will join Wolves in being promoted automatically to the Premier League with victory at home to Reading.
An England schoolboy and Philippines global, due to his mother, he nearly gave up on the dream four years...