Date: 28th September 2016 at 5:01pm
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Head coach Paul Trollope has conceded that the better team won in last night’s game against Derby County.

With Derby suspending Nigel Pearson ahead of the game, with Chris Powell taking over, Trollope hailed the fans for their efforts on the evening and also admitted losing Rickie Lambert early on was obviously a huge blow for us – but ultimately Cardiff got what they deserved in the two nil defeat.

Speaking to Wales Online in his post game press conference, Trollope had to admit again it simply hadn’t been a good enough performance from the side.

‘We were beaten by the better team tonight. Losing Rickie so early in the game was a huge blow to us, he’s been the platform and the link of our lay. That was a bitter blow on top of the strikers we were already missing. Rickie had experienced a bit of tightness but we thought he’d be fine, and he started the game in a bright manner.’

Adding.

‘It made it harder for us to build our attacks in the forward areas. We still felt that we were pretty solid despite Derby’s possession in the first half. It was disappointing to concede the goal early in the second half, they had a lot of passes in the build-up and we could have put the pressure on earlier. The events of today maybe gave them a freshness, it was a difficult evening for us.’

Praising the fans, and defending the performance of Kenneth Zohore given his performance, he added.

‘Kenneth’s a young player who is still developing, he’s still very much learning the game. It was a big ask for him in a difficult situation. I’m not one to make excuses, you still have to believe you can cope with the opposition. For large spells of it we did that, but we didn’t look too likely in open play and didn’t build up a huge head of steam.’

As for Lambert and his hamstring problem, Trollope confirmed he would be assessed and it was a case of ‘fingers crossed’ that he wouldn’t be out for too long.

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