Manager Russell Slade has accepted that Cardiff were lucky in last night’s one nil victory over Middlesbrough but he insisted we had deserved the rub of the green.
Speaking to the media in his post game press conference, Wales Online have him quoted as saying.
‘It’s probably the first time we’ve had some fortune this season. There can be fine lines in this division and it’s dropped our way for once this time. I’d said to the staff before the game we’d not had a ricochet go out way and with the penalty shouts when we’ve sent them in to be reviewed the assessor agreed we had a very good case so it’s not a case of us whinging. You always hope the luck can even itself out and we got some here – and when margins are so tight in this division sometimes you need that.’
Having for the slice of luck and picked up a clean sheet, Slade went on to say that he knew it would be a right game because of their quality, and he knew they would be difficult to break down so he needed the players to be at it and just as tight in defence as they were, so on that score he was pleased as well.
‘It was expected to be a tight affair and we knew they would be difficult to break down so it was about staying disciplined and focussed. We did that and when you do you give yourselves a chance. We want to be scoring goals and we want to entertain – but it’s just as important to get those clean sheets.’
The gaffer also confirmed that he might take a look at the loan market given the injuries we have currently, but he was hopeful that Joe Ralls would return ahead of the Bristol City match.
Going back to the game though, he also commented about the match.
‘It was a typical Championship game. It was close all the way and throughout the game and I can`t remember either keeper having to make too many saves. But we`ll take it. We haven`t been getting the breaks of late, on this occasion though we got lucky. The goal was a bit a scramble wasn`t it? Their keeper had made a save and in trying to clear the loose ball from Joe Mason he kicked it onto the back of one of there defenders and it flew in. Joe is trying to claim it though.’
Lee Peltier was also briefly interviewed after the game and he commented.
‘It was a great defensive display – not just from the back four but from the whole eleven. We were very aggressive today. We pressed them and didn`t give them much time to play, and when they did, they couldn`t break us down because we were solid as a unit. That`s the stuff we`ve been working on and we’ve done it for the whole season, so it`s good to get our second clean sheet on the spin. We go into every game with the same mind-set, looking to win, and I think our performances at home have been really good. Now, we`re looking forward to Monday. I`ve played in derby games everywhere I`ve been. It gets you up and firing a bit more to have the bragging rights, but for me it`s just about getting the three points.’
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