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Blackburn Rovers Reaction | Mick McCarthy


City played out a 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon, with goals from Will Vaulks and Joe Ralls being cancelled out by Adam Armstrong’s brace.

After the match in the Welsh capital, Bluebirds boss Mick McCarthy gave his honest take on proceedings to the press and media.

“My ultimate assessment is that we’ve given two goals away, one at the end of each half, which is really disappointing.” he began. "I can’t sit here and say that Blackburn didn’t deserve something from it in the second half, because they hit the woodwork and played well.

“But when we get into that situation at 2-1 with that time to go, we’ve been good at keeping it. Unfortunately, the last three games we haven’t, so that’s a disappointment.”

Despite a disappointing final few minutes, the boss was keen not to dwell on the frustrating full-time result, and instead focused on several positive elements from the match.

“The players were very disappointed at the lateness of both goals, but certainly the equaliser in the second half. We should be able to hang onto that, and everybody is feeling the same way. They’re all sick about it.

“But I think we can take positives from the first half, certainly. Two bits of quality from Harry Wilson, in terms of how we gain the free-kick that Will scored from, and then him putting Rallsy through and Rallsy getting a goal.

“There’s always some positives to take from it, but when you concede in the 90th minute you always tend to look at the negatives.”

Mick concluded with a look ahead towards the final five matches of the 2020/21 campaign, and spoke of his excitement regarding the future return of supporters to Cardiff City Stadium.

“We certainly want to win the next five games and get points, but we’ll also be having an eye on what is happening next season. We’re always evaluating and calculating on what we need and who is not going to be here.”

“Having lost Joe Bennett, Joel Bagan and Sean Morrison, that doesn’t help. All the lads who have come in have all done well, they’ve all acquitted themselves well. But we definitely need our best team out, and we need to be fully at it.”

He concluded: “Everybody in football is missing the fans, not only us. But having a home crowd makes a difference, especially when you’ve got fans like ours; a partisan group who make noise and support their team. Everybody wants their fans back, and we’re no different.”