OGS: WE MUST IMPROVE QUICKLY
Gaffer in call to arms ahead of Derby testBluebirds Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær vowed that his side would put things right after Tuesday evening's defeat to Middlesbrough.
City fell to a second minute Kike goal - and despite a late rally, were unable to dig out an equaliser.
“It was a good goal by them early on, but we were disappointed to concede in such a manner," the Manager began, in his post-match media conference.
“Saturday knocked a few of the lads' confidence; we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could play better. The first half was disappointing but in the second half we got more second balls, were on the front foot and pushed them back. We had the major share of possession but we didn’t create any moments of quality to open up their defence.
“Confidence and decision making play a vital part and without it, instead of playing that slick football that we can do, we end up looking for Kenwyne because he’s the type of player that can create something. You can hope for something out of that. That’s not good enough against teams that defend like Middlesbrough did tonight – they defended very well.
“We are all bitterly disappointed - and I understand how much the fans are too. I don’t think I’ll sleep that much tonight. I’ve got to go home and think about this because the performances have not been good enough. I’m an optimist. I’m am always positive, but we may have to change things Saturday.
“I have to praise the fans for what they did during the game. They did help the boys – I asked for it and I got it. We had a great backing and that shows the passion of them. They are entitled to stay back and be disappointed, it is their right to be disappointed – we are as disappointed as they are.
“I like winning football games. When you don’t win it affects your thinking. You can go home and have a good night’s sleep when you win; you look forward to the next match. When you do not get results you really need to think about what you’re doing.
“I’m paid to do my very best for Cardiff City. I have to spend the hours tonight to get ready for tomorrow. This is a good squad – we have good players and I am fortunate enough to have a lot of them. You saw one today that is going to be immense for this club - Bruno is a fantastic player. We haven’t had results recently though and that’s my responsibility.”
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