Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has stated that Saturday’s first-half performance against Queens Park Rangers was the worst he’d seen since joining the club.
The Bluebirds found themselves 2-0 down at the break and it could have been more with QPR launching attack after attack on the Cardiff backline in the opening 45 minutes.
However, Cardiff were inspired by midfielder Joe Ralls in the second-half as he managed to net a brace which helped get the scores level.
Mark Warburton’s side did manage to snatch a late winner though, and Harris has expressed that the first-half performance was the reason for the defeat.
The Bluebirds boss is in his first full campaign as Cardiff manager and will be hoping that he sees an improvement in the coming weeks if his side are to mount a serious challenge for promotion once again in the Championship.
Speaking to Wales Online, Harris said: “First half was the worst I’ve seen during my time in charge. People might disagree but in my opinion, outfought, outrun, too many first contacts, second balls. Didn’t defend the penalty area.”
Cardiff are set to return to action in midweek, when they take on Barnsley, in what could potentially be a tricky test for the Bluebirds.
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It was a really poor first-half display and Cardiff have to be better in the early stages of matches otherwise they’ll find themselves drifting further and further away from the top-six.
The Bluebirds still have a number of key players but they are lacking consistency when it comes to defensive performances within the backline.
Now, it’s about a response from Harris and his players, and a willingness to learn and improve heading into a very busy month for the Cardiff squad.