Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has stated that he wasn’t ever panicked during the Bluebirds’ 2-2 draw with League Two Carlisle on Saturday.
Carlisle headed into the break with a two-goal lead but Cardiff managed to peg them back early in the second-half. Neither side could go onto grab a winner but it will mean that the Championship side will have to make the long trip up North on a midweek night.
The result means that Harris has now seen his side win just once in their last seven, and they’ll be desperate to rectify that in next week’s massive derby with Swansea City.
Harris however, says that he knew the goals would come on Saturday, and went on to describe the game as a proper cup tie.
Speaking to Dai Sport, Harris revealed: “I said to the boys at half-time I wasn’t panicked, just disappointed with being behind. I knew the way we played in the first half, if we did it with a bit more tempo, chances would come our way.
“Scoring two early goals, then it was one-way traffic for so long, it was disappointing not to get a third and fourth goal. The game could’ve gone either way at the end – it was a proper cup tie.”
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Cardiff will have been bitterly disappointed that they couldn’t have come away from the game with a victory that would have seen them into the next round.
Now they have to make a long-trip on a week night, which could have implications on their Championship fixtures being played around that date.
Carlisle will be happy with the replay and will be confident heading into it knowing that they have an opportunity to get through to the fourth round.