Date: 2nd May 2017 at 2:14pm
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Manager Neil Warnock broadsided the match day referee following our defeat to Newcastle United.

Hosting Rafa Benitez’s promotion winning side at the Cardiff City Stadium for the penultimate action of the 2016/17 campaign, Cardiff went down two nil on the day to second half strikes and it’s fair to say Warnock wasn’t happy with Graham Scott for his performance on the day and he even got a dig in about referee’s chief Mike Riley.

Wales Online carry the following from his post game press conference.

‘It was disappointing end at home for us, but if you don’t score your chances. It showed why you pay for quality and why we need to get more goals into the team and that’s what we’re looking to do in summer. I can’t fault the effort and they’ve been brilliant since I’ve been here and I thought they were a bit unlucky. Sean Morrison’s header that was disallowed, it was very soft.’

The gaffer went on to say.

‘And the free-kick for the first goal is a nothing free-kick. We’ve got to start educating players what to do when you get a referee like that. I thought Scotty had a bad game today, I thought he was very, very poor, in general and his positioning and interpretation. Mitrovic comes on, never looks at the ball and three times it should be a foul on Morrison but he never sees it. Why? Because he’s not educated. And it’s no wonder if Mike Reilly is his tutor.’

With the new deal for Kenneth Zohore being announced shortly before the game, Warnock questioned the timing of that given the 23 year old had been at the stadium on the day for such a long time.

The BBC carry.

‘He’s been at the ground since half past four so no wonder he’s knackered. I’m disappointed about that. He shouldn’t have been in until half six, and the game should have come first really. It was something I wasn’t aware of and it won’t happen again.’

Zohore’s deal sees him contracted up until 2020.

Warnock also said he felt the league would be more level next year as we try and target the Play Offs once again and he also gave an update on contract talks for others at the club, like Peter Whittingham.

‘We’re talking all the time. I’m seeing Peter next week and I’m hoping to see a few of the other lads. We’ve managed to get Zohore over the line and now we’re working on certain other players we feel can contribute for next season. We need quality in the forward line and find more goals, apart from that, it looks like an exciting time. I don’t think there is a Brighton or Newcastle in the league next season so it will be very even. Even though we’re not spending a lot of money, I think with what we’ve got and four or five additions, we can be up there. The bookies will have us just below halfway but you never know, if you get a team spirit like Brighton. It took them three years but we haven’t got three years – at least I haven’t – so we’ve got to conjure four or five new signings and give it a go.’

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