Manager Russell Slade has bemoaned Cardiff’s defending in the two all draw with Rotherham United at the weekend as he felt it was the perfect opportunity to kick on in the battle for a Play Off spot this year.
Having taken the lead through Anthony Pilkington, Rotherham hit back to draw level and then take the lead, leaving Pilkington to bag himself a brace and Cardiff a point from the encounter – and Slade was adamant we should’ve won.
Speaking to Wales Online in his after game press interviews a frustrated and disappointed Slade said it was a golden opportunity wasted in the search for promotion this season.
‘There are not going to be too many opportunities between now and the end of the season in games like that when you have created the greater chances. You can`t waste those, that`s a problem there. There are not going to be too many more of those now. The opposition have not been a fantastic threat. Rotherham always fight and scrap, that`s the kind of team they are, but we had more quality in my opinion than they had.’
That quality counted for little, so he was obviously frustrated to see us remain as we were in the Championship table following the draw.
‘Of course it`s frustrating, we`ve not lost any ground but it could have been so much better. There`s disappointment, we made errors, but there are positives. It was an excellent performance from Anthony Pilkington and I`m very pleased with him. In fact we created enough chances to win the game.’
‘We started brightly enough, but we made mistakes in the middle third in terms of controlling the game and giving the ball away. We still created some wonderful opportunities before we even got the goal. We could have been in front. Rotherham did not offer too many threats in the first period and I was disappointed to go in 1-1. It was just a simple clip down the side really and David has elected to come and he was probably never going to get there. But it`s about reacting to such setbacks. Our reaction after the own goal and our attitude were good, we got the second and had a couple of wonderful opportunities.’
With the signing of Lex Immers ahead of the game, Slade admitted our current embargo led to the deal as he wasn’t somebody we had looked at for this month in reality.
‘Obviously we are always looking at players, we are looking maybe at players in a new bracket right now with the restrictions in place. Lex came in that bracket. He was a player that Cardiff looked at some time ago, we were quite surprised he was available on loan. Feyenoord signed someone else who they are playing now more regularly in front of Lex. He`s always had a kind of will to come over and play in England and play in the Championship or the Premier League so we have given him that opportunity and he seems really keen.’
Slade added about what he might bring us and his debut in the game.
‘We think he can play up there. The movement by Pilkington and Lex for the opportunity against Rotherham was excellent. Lex will be disappointed he did not score. He`s kind of like one in three in terms of putting balls in the back of the net. I see him as useful, he can play that number ten role, he`s got energy, he`s very useful to us.’
As for further dealings, he added.
‘We have targeted others and I like to think we can get at least and maybe another one in on loan. We are looking at forward areas really.’
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