Towering central defender Ben Turner spoke of his and City’s ambitions following the 0-0 draw with Rotherham United.
The Bluebirds picked up another clean sheet, a third in four games, but were unable to find a way past the strong Millers defence.
“We were hoping to beat them, no disrespect to them,” Ben said. “I don’t think we’ve played well enough, to be brutally honest - not enough good football today to win the game. We are well aware of where we are and the work we need to do.
“We could have crumbled, we could have lost today and a lot of credit has to go to Rotherham. They were high tempo and competitive. The manager on the side-lines is a character, he rallies his team. They competed all over the pitch which we all know gets you results. They deserved a point.
“If the results (Watford & Rotherham) are the other way round then you’d say Cardiff are doing well, a good point at Watford and a win today. We have to stay positive because there is no disaster. That’s life, you have to move on.
“We don’t want to just be in touch of the play-off places. Today the plan was to get in the play-off places. We want to be in touch with the automatic positions because the squad’s good enough, the setup’s good enough and the backing from the top’s good enough.
“We’re not just looking at the top six because there is more than enough football matches to get into the top two.”
The Birmingham-born defender gave a frank assessment of the performance and result, adding: “We’re trying to go back to basics to win football matches and breed confidence that way. But today we haven’t quite pulled it off. There are positives; we haven’t been conceding goals or any clear cut chances. We are starting to look like a team defensively.
“The lads have to accept that there is work to do going forward. We are well aware of where we are and we are still in the race.
“It is up to us to score goals and get the crowd going. The last time we were in this league and trying to chase promotion there was a different atmosphere. At the minute it’s not the same as it was before but at the same time we need to get the crowd going.
“Our job remains the same, to win football matches and hopefully we’ll give the crowd something to cheer about.”