Press Conference | Harris post-Swansea
SWANSEA REACTION | HARRIS
The Bluebirds fell to a 2-0 defeat against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, with Jamal Lowe scoring a brace for the visitors.
After the South Wales derby, City boss Neil Harris spoke to the press and media from Cardiff City Stadium.
“I’m disappointed to be on the end of a derby defeat today.” Neil began. “While a refereeing decision possibly went against us, we weren’t good enough today. They did the basics better than us and came out on top.
“We didn’t cause enough problems for Swansea, and the goals we gave away, particularly the first one, were poor goals to concede at a crucial stage. I hate this feeling, and I’m gutted for the fanbase, because they need some cheer at the moment and we haven’t given it to them.”
After a frustrating afternoon in the Welsh capital, Harris spoke of his disappointment at certain elements of the match, and explained how different decisions from the Bluebirds could have resulted in an alternative outcome.
“I was disappointed by the decisions we made with the football today, but I take responsibility for the result and the performance," continued Harris. "We weren’t good enough and I hold my hands up for that.
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but in the aftermath of that defeat I look at myself and wonder if I picked the right team, even on the back of four wins. It’s a very difficult one, because you know there is going to be fatigue in a big game, and then we picked up a couple of injuries and the red card.”
The Bluebirds now face Birmingham City on Wednesday evening, with the boss keen to see a response from his squad against the Blues.
“However much we’re all hurting, we have to remember what the players have achieved in that four-game winning run," he concluded.
"It’s now all about our response. All the good work we’ve put in over the last few weeks can’t be thrown out of the window. We move on to Wednesday and look forward to that.
“We do get that chance to put things right, and Birmingham will be a tough opponent. The players have to respond again, and we have to make sure that we repeat the levels that we’ve had in the previous games before today.”