Manager Russell Slade was once more bemoaning Cardiff’s inability to put the ball in the back of the net following the one nil defeat to struggling Leeds United last night.
A six game unbeaten run in the Championship came to an end after our trip to Elland Road, and with only two goals in those six games frustration is building for everyone.
The BBC have the managed post game as saying.
‘It’s not happening for us right now. I can’t think when I’ve gone so many games without a goal. It’s going to be a challenge because we’ve got to get over it and got to get scoring again. We need a reaction to ensure we get it sooner rather than later.’
With our last goal coming on October 3 through Joe Mason in the one all draw with Brighton, we go into the Reading game seriously wondering where the next one might come from.
Peter Whittingham is obviously missing from that game with him now serving a one match suspension having picked up five yellows so far this term.
‘Pete’s got that bit of quality and he’s our man on set plays. He’s played every game so far, which tells you everything. It’s an opportunity for somebody else.’
It’s hoped Kagisho Dikgacoi will return this week though following his hamstring injury.
In greater post game comments carried by Wales Online Slade is also quoted as saying.
‘It’s always disappointing when you lose, albeit it after what was an incredible strike to be fair. I thought we started the game okay in the first 15 minutes and they had a ten minute spell before half-time but it wasn’t really until the 60 minute and they scored we took the brakes off and played with more freedom. We made changes, there was some positive impacts and it looked like we might score in the last half-hour.’
Again the defence came in for praise, despite the defeat for their recent efforts but of course attack is the overriding problem at the minute.
‘We can’t expect the defence to always keep clean sheets, of course, we have to be scoring goals if we want to be where we want to be. We have a couple of players coming back which give us one or two more options and I think you saw when we made changes they made an impact. There was one fantastic move linking up four or five of our players and Joe Mason got a good shot off and was unfortunate not to score. But we have to work hard at our forward thinking and creativity until we start scoring again.’
Slade was however confident that our shy scoring ways would come to an end given the quality we have in the camp and our early season form in front of the net.
‘We have got it in us – we showed that at the start of the season where in the first nine games there was only one where we didn’t score. It’s an issue and one we’re working on and trying our best to address but it’s also the first goal we’ve conceded in four. It’s a challenge for us and we have to get over it and start scoring again. These things happen and we need a reaction to get over it sooner rather than later.’
As for fans frustration at the minute.
‘We are all frustrated. There is nothing wrong with our commitment – I think you saw that at Ipswich on Saturday too – but we have to improve, we have to be better. We understand that but there’s nobody more frustrated than me, the staff and the players. We are trying to win football matches.’
If it doesn’t change soon something else will have to, as Slade largely hasn’t won over his critics or doubters and calls are intensifying once more.
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