Date: 8th March 2017 at 11:34pm
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Manager Neil Warnock has shouldered the blame for Cardiff City conceding the equaliser in Tuesday evening’s clash against Blackburn Rovers.

Travelling to Ewood Park for the match, Kenneth Zohore’s first half goal looked set to deliver another three points, but the hosts hit back in the final minute of regulation time to share the points.

Speaking to Wales Online in his post game press conference, Warnock admitted that he was disappointed in the substitutes in the second period as they didn’t do enough in attack or defence to see the game out and ultimately he shoulders the blame for that as he took the decision to introduce them.

He did point out it was still a learning curve though and the plan is to make sure we’re better come next season and that does mean that ultimately some players should have doubts about their futures at the club.

‘There were a lot of pluses. They are flying at the minute but they had to come at us. If we’d been better on the ball we could have created more. But we gave the ball away too many times on the break when we could have finished them – and that’s the type of thing we need to improve as we look towards next season. The substitutes were disappointing. Declan John should have stopped the cross and Nooney should have stopped the man, especially when we’ve told them exactly that, especially when we’ve come all this way. You live and learn, don’t you? That’s what we’re doing – learning about next season and who you want on board. Before the game you’d have taken a point, wouldn’t you. It’s my own fault – I put the subs on. Two of them cost us the goal.’

Warnock went on to say.

‘Overall they deserved a point but that’s because they had to come at us so we learned some more but we’re learning all the time. We’ve won seven out of 13 games in the Championship with a group of lads that were going nowhere. All credit to them, they’ve listened to what we’ve said and we’ve got a good dressing room spirit going on, things can only get better.’

With Birmingham next up back at the Cardiff City Stadium following our back to back away trips, Warnock went on to say.

‘We want to get to 50 points as quick as we can, we’ll be rested up and raring to go, we’ve had two long trips and we’ll only get home when the chickens start crowing in the morning, but we’ll be all right.’

With only six substitutes named for the game, Warnock also explained that it was doctor’s advice that saw him take Aron Gunnarsson off the bench as he wasn’t fully recovered from the virus he had picked up.

‘We were decimated. We lost Connolly and Gunnarsson has a virus – he shouldn’t have played Saturday against QPR. I had a chat with the doctor and he said that all the travelling and the fact he still isn’t right could have put him out for weeks if we weren’t careful. We decided not to risk him though it did make us look very thin because we couldn’t put another on the bench.’

Warnock went on to say.

‘I knew we could have put Meite or Mark Harris on, but I don’t feel it’s right to put just anybody on there and if we’re honest we weren’t fully aware of Aron’s situation until the last minute as he was due to travel up before we made the decision. We just have to get on with it. We should have some back soon, but I don’t know whether that will be in time for Saturday.’

Jazz Richards was also briefly interviewed by the Official Site following the game, and this is what he had to say.

‘I was confident that we were going to stay strong and keep a clean sheet, but that`s the Championship – you get games like that. There`s always goals in the games. With that said, we`ve just got to manage the game and try and come away with the win, or at least a clean sheet. I`ve still got a lot more to show. I think I`m nowhere near my full potential yet. Hopefully I can keep going, keep playing strong, and hopefully finish the season strong.’

Richards also had praise for Warnock’s honesty in things.

‘The Gaffer`s truthful, he wears his heart on his sleeve. He tells you how it is – if you`re doing well he`ll make sure he tells you, and he`ll tell you if you`re not. When he`s being positive towards to you as an individual, it gives you that confidence to go out and perform. Obviously, he`s got a style of play and it`s worked well for us.’

Adding.

‘I`m comfortable at this Club – there`s a good group of lads, a good manager, good training facilities. It`s home and I feel happy now.’

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