What Neil Warnock said after Spurs outclassed Cardiff City

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Dom Le Roy

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock is known for his brash and outspoken views, having riled Tottenham Hotspur fans on many occasions in the past.

Warnock witnessed his side outclassed by Spurs on New Year’s Day and admitted after the match that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were too good for the bluebirds in the first half.

The match was done and dusted by the time which referee Kevin Friend had blown his whistle after the first 45 minutes.

The Cardiff manager was left frustrated at how some of his players had defended which impacted on how they had planned to set up for the match.

Goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son within the space of the first 26 minutes had meant that the remainder of the game was purely compulsory.

Spurs came into the match looking to avenge the shock defeat to Wolves and they did it without having to go beyond second gear.

Warnock told BBC Sport: “When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window. The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half. But that’s life and you move on.

“I was pleased we hung in there because it’s easy to throw the towel in when you’re 3-0 down to a team like this. Four points in three games over a difficult period is good really.

“We have had a great season so far. Players were told what they were doing and two or three let me down a little in that respect defensively today. We were playing for pride in the end.”

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  1. I wasn’t too bothered that we took our foot off the gas in the 2nd half of that game. It was an opportunity for our players to warm down after a hectic schedule. I was even hoping we’d make the substitutions a little earlier and give Kane, Sonny and one other a rest. After hearing what Warnock has had to say I wish we’d ground them into the dirt!! Talk about sour grapes. Shame we don’t get to play them again….at our new stadium. His argument about other bottom third teams getting an advantage over them if they play at the new stadium is pathetic. The pitch size will be identical to what we have at Wembley for one. We’ve been better away from “home” this season for another and after playing Cardiff home and away they sit outside the bottom 3. If they end up going down it will have nothing to do with where we play teams but everything to do with their own results.


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