Date: 29th November 2016 at 5:39pm
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Neil Warnock has been reflecting on the loss to Aston Villa at the weekend and he knew mistakes had cost us in the game.

Travelling to Villa Park for the game last weekend, Cardiff went down on the day three one with Rickie Lambert’s roughly ten minute leveller counting for little by the end of regulation time.

It wasn’t a great day all over for Cardiff with a double yellow carding for Lee Peltier on the day, and speaking to the BBC in his post game press conference, a disappointed Warnock admitted that our own defensive mistakes had basically cost us.

‘It was mistakes that cost us. I don’t care what level you are, we made mistakes and we got punished for them. You get punished by good players. I did not think there was much in it. We were always in the game. One or two things didn’t go for us, but at the end of the day it’s mistakes.’

For Warnock, it also proved why he’s been talking about strengthening the group further in the coming January window as he knows we need a touch more quality and a few more options.

‘It’s disappointing, but it’s good to see where we are. I was quite pleased to be honest, looking from the outside. I just thought, one or two players in certain areas and we can cause them a problem. The players are doing as well as they can. I’ve no grouse about commitment, we just need a bit more quality. You can see with Sol Bamba and Junior Hoilett we brought better players into the squad and we need to do that again in January.’

Warnock was also pretty clear of his criticism of Jack Grealish in the game, picking him out for going down easily on the day and overly moaning at the referee to get players booked.

There were also reports of a tunnel bust up between Warnock and Grealish.

‘I’m disappointed in Jack today if I’m honest. I don’t think he needs to go up to the referee and tell him how many tackles he’s had to try to get people booked. He does not need to do that, he’s a good player.’

Wales Online also carry additional quotes from the gaffer from his post game press interviews, where he built on the above points – and praised the commitment of the team and some of the play on the day.

‘The goals were just silly little mistakes, errors which you shouldn’t make at this level. A one-two letting your man go, trying to pinch the ball when you shouldn’t, it was disappointing. Today we were unlucky, I can’t really fault them, they’ve given everything, we probably just didn’t have that bit of quality that Villa have got. But when you pay £14 million quid you expect a bit more don’t you?’

Adding about the January transfer window once more that he felt fans needed to be patient given the group we have.

‘I can’t see a lot changing til January if I’m honest. We’ve got work with what we’ve got and they are giving everything. There’s no bad apples in there. I didn’t think we would pull away from the relegation zone, we need a few reinforcements. Look at Hoilett and Bamba, I don’t know where we’d be without them.’

Wales Online also attribute a quote to Rickie Lambert post game where he was questioned about how close he was from the slide effort when Junior Hoilett chipped a ball across the six yard box.

‘It came about 20 years too late, boss.’

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