Date: 3rd April 2017 at 7:41am
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Manager Neil Warnock’s attentions seemed to be on Aron Gunnarsson following the defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

Making the trip to the Molineux for the game, the hosts took the lead but Kenneth Zohore had us on level terms a few minutes later but having regained the advantage just before the half time break, Wolves kicked on and added a late third to take victory and all three points.

Speaking to Wales Online in his post game press conference, Warnock decided to make a big point of Gunnarsson playing in a ‘pointless friendly’ for his country just days before we needed 90 minutes out of him in this clash.

‘We’re disappointed Gunnarsson played a full game the other night in a meaningless friendly because he’s captain which I think is a disgrace, I’ve told the manager that. He’s tired out today and you’ve got to have some brains when you’re an international manager. He’s apologised to me but that means little to me. I gave him a week off in January to help them and refresh him, and they should do the same.’

Warnock went on to say.

‘I don’t think you should have friendlies, by all means have competitive games but a friendly after the competitive game, I think that’s an absolute disgrace. What’s that going to serve? That’s not going to help someone in two years time at the Europeans or at a World Cup.’

Actually addressing the game, Warnock admitted that with where Cardiff found themselves the remaining matches are the proverbial ‘dead rubbers’ and he’s more focused on improving the squad for next season now and whilst he lays those ‘building blocks’ in the remaining matches of this campaign, performances will reflect that.

‘That’s been the case for a few weeks I’m afraid. You can’t wait for the season to end. But to be disappointed with having 51 points with seven games to go shows just how far we’ve come.’

The BBC also had him post game saying that the performance on the day had shown that we probably needed ‘three or four good players’ to give us that extra lift in quality over the summer.

‘I saw a lot more out of the game looking to next season than I have done for quite a few games. It’s reiterated certain things that I know that we need. We’ve got a decent squad. We need three or four good players to supplement that. We haven’t spent a penny yet because I didn’t think it was wise in the January transfer window. I thought we really need to keep our powder dry and then go for it in the summer and that at the end of the season we can bring two or three in without hanging about. I think I’ll be allowed to spend what I’ve asked them to. I think they want to me to do well.’

Pushed on the performance, he added that we had largely caused our own downfall on the day but there were some positives he could take as well as some negatives that clearly needed to be addressed.

‘We had some great opportunities. Every time we crossed the ball we looked dangerous but we couldn’t finish on ours and Wolves took the chances that they did. People were not listening to who they should be marking and that’s the cost.’

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