Striker takes positives from Carrow Road defeat
Cardiff City striker Alex Revell marked his full Bluebirds debut with a goal in the 3-2 defeat at Norwich on Saturday.
Russell Slade praised his recent acquisition, citing his determination and remarking that there would be few harder working strikers in the division at this time.
But despite the pleasure of a goal, Revs told Press & Media post-match that honest assessment of the game – and a commitment to improvement – would be imperative ahead of Tuesday’s test at Middlesbrough.
“It’s nice to get the goal but very disappointing to come away with nothing from here having worked hard all week,” said Alex. “We wanted to back up last weekend’s win over Fulham, come here and prove that we’re capable of getting into that top six with another win.
“The way we started was criminal in fairness, we can’t do that. We need to address these issues because they are nothing to do with the Manager or training – they’re to do with us not doing our jobs when we step out on the pitch.
“We had an uphill battle at 3-0 down and in the second half had nothing to lose. We came back well and I think we were unfortunate not to come away with something in the end, but we shouldn’t have found ourselves in that position.
"If we’d played from the first whistle as we did in the second half then it may have been a different story.
“This squad is blessed with talented players and it’s now about complementing that with graft and team ethic. We have to stop these sorts of results as we’re giving ourselves mountains to climb.
“I must say, I thought Kadeem came on and was outstanding; he really changed the game. His performance was one of a number of positives we can take from the second half.
Watch Revs' first Bluebirds goal via the Official Cardiff City YouTube Channel, below:
"That second half performance would be good enough against any team, so we must take the positives.”
“We’ve got a short time to reflect on Norwich now before Middlesbrough next week. We have to go there and be better – and I think that if we play there like we did in the second half today then we’ll be ok.