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City midfielder looks ahead to north east return

Midfielder Don Cowie has quickly turned his focus onto next weekend’s game against Newcastle United following the Bluebirds’ defeat to Sunderland, stating ‘there’s still six points to play for.’

City's disappointing 4-0 defeat at Stadium of Light leaves City three points adrift of safety, but with two games and six points still to play for the most miraculous of recovery’s could still yet prove to become a reality in a Premier League season that continues to bring shocks and surprises.

Speaking after the result on Wearside, the Scot said: “It’s disappointing. The manner of the goals we conceded were hard to take, but we have to get on with it, we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

“There’s still two games to play and six points to play for. If we can get them, who knows what could happen. 

“We lick our wounds and get on with it. There’s no point in feeling sorry for ourselves because there is simply no time for us to do so. We get on with it and focus on two massive games ahead, we’ve got to try and get maximum points.”

The tie on Wearside turned just before half-time as Referee Phil Dowd pulled play back to award a penalty and brandish a red card to defender Juan Cala following his tug on Connor Wickham right on the very edge of the penalty area.

Down to ten men and two goals behind following Fabio Borini’s conversion from the spot, Cowie insisted that City had to push for a way back into the match despite the risk of leaving themselves open to more Sunderland goals.

“That was the message at half time,” said Cowie. “We were two down but we had to go for it, there isn’t many games left and we need the points. We may as well have gone for it and try to get something out of it.

“Ultimately they punished us, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to get something from it.”

On the penalty incident itself, Don said: “There looked like there was contact and the referee has left play continue, before taking it back after giving them advantage – that was the referee’s decision and there’s nothing we can do about it now, we’ve got to accept it and move on.

“The boys came out in the second half and worked incredibly hard. It’s always going to be hard when you’re down to ten men and you’re chasing the game, you’re always going to leave yourself open to the counter attack.”

Focus now turns to Saturday’s return to the north east and Newcastle with three points and other results going the way of the Bluebirds possibly seeing City rise back out of the relegation zone.

That’s the positive attitude the squad will maintain heading to St James’ Park according to Cowie, who told BBC Radio Wales: “We know that. I’m sure we’ll dust ourselves down and we’ll make sure that we are ready for the game.
“They’ve been on a difficult run of form of late, so hopefully we can get the three points.”