Having watched as Norwich City came to Cardiff and left with all three points, both Alex Neil and Neil Warnock (as you’d expect) had plenty to say after the match.
This is the managers’ respective takes on what happened at the Cardiff City Stadium when both spoke to the EDP
“Our away form has been poor and I`ve been really critical in terms of doing the ugly side of the game, which is battling, winning your headers, being physically competitive in the matches and I thought we more than did that today,” Neil said.
“I thought we were big, we were strong, I didn`t think it was a great game in footballing terms but I thought it was two competitive teams going toe-to-toe
“When you come here you are going to have to stand up to that because the fact of the matter is Cardiff are a direct team, they get the ball forward, Neil (Warnock) has got them organised and they`re going to make it tough for you.
“If you don`t fancy it, you`re going to get beat, it really is as simple as that and I thought the character of my players and how well they adapted themselves to that type of game was great.”
Warnock meanwhile was was particularly disappointed with two penalty appeals that were waved away, the first of which saw Rhys Healey booked for diving.
“I`m really pleased with the lads today, the way they went about their business,” Warnock said. “It`s difficult to come off with nothing, it`s hard but the positives are that we gave a really good account of ourselves against a quite expensive team.
“There was not a lot between us really, perhaps a bit of finishing that`s required but I can`t fault the effort, I thought the effort was fabulous and on another day we could have had a couple of penalties.
“I`m disappointed with the penalties, I think probably seven or eight out of 10 referees would have given the penalties, both of them really.
“The first he said he was 100 per cent he (Healey) dived but there was definitely contact and if he thought that then it`s definitely not a yellow card.
“The second one, not in a million years has it (the ball) been deviated when you watch it and yet we`ve got a superhuman linesman on the far side who spoke to the referee and said he thought he saw deviation.
“We`re talking about a guy 45 yards away, in front of a goalkeeper! I`ve heard some reasons but I`ve never really heard anything like this.”
A ‘superhuman linesman’ – typical Warnock.