In his post-match press conference, Cardiff City manager Russell Slade confessed his frustration at seeing his Bluebirds side come away with just the solitary point against Rotherham United.
“I’m really disappointed,” Russell began. “I think the whole changing room is disappointed, because we got a terrific result last week, then we trained very well. Sometimes as a manager, you don’t see that kind of performance coming, because we were below-par today.
“It’s a little bit frustrating for all of us really. We certainly created very little, and we didn’t get the ball into wide areas quickly enough. The ball speed was poor, and to be fair to them, they pressed us very well at times. They got themselves nice and compact, but we needed to get the ball wider quickly and get some balls into the box.
“I didn’t see too many quality balls going into the box today, which is something we’ve managed over recent weeks. We are disappointed, but we deviated a little bit from our game plan, and what we’re good at, and that’s not got us the result that we all desired.
“In my nine games here we’ve won five, drawn one and lost the two, and I think that’s fairly consistent if you look at the bigger picture. That was also our third clean sheet in four.
“Are we the finished article? Of course we’re not. Have we got a lot of work to do? Of course we have. We need to improve in every area if we’re going to get to where we need to get.
“In terms of points, we can argue that we are on track, because we still average nearly two points a game. With still an awful lot of work and improvement to come in all areas of the pitch, maybe that’s a good sign. We’ll have to wait until the end of the season to find out.
“The most important thing is that everybody is trying to get it right and to improve. We’ve had a terrific week on the training ground, just sometimes you don’t transfer it as well as you want to from there. We’ve not done that today.”