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RUSSELL: POSITIVES, DESPITE DEFEAT

16 September 2015

Boss sets sights on Millers after frustrating evening at CCS

On the back of Tuesday evening’s clash with Hull City, Bluebirds boss Russell Slade shared his thoughts on the game, commenting on the positives from his side’s spirited display.

“I thought there were some good things in our performance tonight and I thought we were just settling into the game when they scored,” the Boss began.

“I think that possession shows that we had about 62%, so we had a good control of the ball, certainly in the middle part of the pitch.

“If there’s any criticism, it’s maybe that we needed to work their ‘keeper a little bit more. We managed to get corners, we managed to get crosses in – I think we serviced the box about forty-six times tonight.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite drop for us, which can happen, that’s football.

“You’ve got to give Hull credit though, they’re a good, strong team. They’re going to be up there in that top six and at times they defended well. They had to – they made so many clearances in the game, so many blocks. Sometimes you have to give the opposition credit from that point of view.

“In many ways, we found another level ourselves out there tonight, which was really pleasing. In terms of our management of the game, and keeping the ball, we were very fluent.

“It was just probably in that final third we could have been a little bit better, and you’re talking fine lines to get that breakthrough, whether it is a penalty or whether the ball drops kindly, like it did for them for their first goal.”

The Manager already had his sights set on a response from his Bluebirds in their next match - away at Rotherham United on Saturday.

“Nobody likes losing, and we’re disappointed we’ve lost, but we know if we can perform to that level, maybe find a little bit more in that final third, then we’re not going to be very far away,” he reflected.

“In adversity you want to see a response, don’t you? We have that opportunity on Saturday at Rotherham, so we’ll be looking for that.

"We’ll be looking to hit the high levels that we have over recent weeks, and try and get that win that gets us back on track again.”



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