Peter Whittingham spoke to the press & media in the aftermath of a hard-fought draw at Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium.
Though Albion remain the only side still unbeaten in English football, it took Joe Mason just four minutes to find the back of the net, sliding in to meet Scott Malone’s low cross. Whittingham, as ever, reprised his role as conductor - a one-two with Joe Ralls allowing the number seven time and space to play a perfectly-weighted ball down the left flank for Malone to attack.
And though the Bluebirds were eventually pegged back, City's reliable playmaker admitted the point was one well-earned.
“Brighton are top of the league and going really well – we definitely would have taken a point at the start," said Whitts.
"When you go one up it’s a little bit harder to take but I thought they played well in the first half.
“Their movement, rotation and what they do is all really good and I’m sure they will be there or thereabouts at the end. When you get the first goal you’re always disappointed if you concede.
“We sat back and they got a goal, but in second half I thought we came out and were a little braver. We wanted the ball and we started passing it quite a bit more. They had their chances, we had ours, so we’re happy with the point.”
Whittingham was quick to acknowledge the positive ethos around the Club as a solid start to the season has put Cardiff eighth in the Sky Bet Championship table. With four assists and a goal in his first ten league appearances, Whitts has certainly played a big part in City’s early form.
“The attitude around the team is great," he stated. "The boys go out after training and play golf together, for example. It’s a great spirit to have, similar to the year we went up. Everyone is together, there are no cliques and it’s really nice to see.
“There are going to be teams looking at us now as a hard team to beat. We’re a good team – we know that – and we have to deal with that. Teams will come to Cardiff City Stadium and sit back so we will have to be patient. It’s all about getting results.
“In games last year at times it seemed like we were just watching. Now, we have rotation – me and Joe Ralls switching, Mason in the pockets of space and Pilks cutting in. It’s nice to see and it’s really nice to be a part of.”
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