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REACTION: Cardiff City 4 Blues 2

It is a learning lesson that we need to make sure that we put games to bed, they took the chances they had, we didn't do that.

Pep Clotet

Pep Clotet spoke to the press after today's game at the Cardiff City Stadium...

Pep Clotet assesses today's game...

"It was a game of a little bit of everything, lot of emotions and intensity, we feel we leave without getting what we deserve, I think there was a big difference in both teams, Cardiff had all the luck in transforming their chances, we didn't. We know it is a very tough place, a very difficult game for us because it's very easy to get sucked into Cardiff's football and then that makes it very difficult for yourself. But the players in the first-half started very well and put the football on the pitch we wanted, we played how we wanted, created a lot of chances - we had 25 shots - and we still only managed to score two goals. It is a learning lesson that we need to make sure that we put games to bed, that is the reality. They took the chances they had, we didn't do that. Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to score those chances but, still, the first-half is how we all want Birmingham City to play."

Pep Clotet on Cardiff's first penalty...

"The fourth official told us during the game it was a pull, in the box. Someone pulled his shirt in the box. Difficult for me to see. But the (video) evidence is there. The only thing we can do is carry on after whatever decision the referee makes. Was I comfortable with the way the game was refereed?  I was less comfortable for the fact that wanted our team to transform more of our chances into goals. I don't want to talk about the referee, all we demand from the officials is that every decision they make is very, very clear because decisions change games and change results. I will look back at the Harlee Dean sending-off, see how he (the referee) came to it, and if something can be done. It was difficult to see live, it was too far away from me." 

Pep Clotet on not finishing off chances...

"Frustrated, we had very clear chances in the first-half, Dan Crowley hit the post, then it hit their goalkeeper and the ball goes out, Jude Bellingham had after good combinations in the box, so did Jukey - a fantastic turn and their 'keeper making a great save. When I say 'luck' I don't mean that you need something unbelievable to score. It's that which defines the differences: Dan hits the post, it hits the back of the 'keeper's head and then the ball goes out, you know?  How many times do you see that hit the post, hit the 'keeper and goes in? Little things. From all those three or four very clear chances we created I would take two, yes. I think we created a lot of problems to Cardiff during the whole game, especially in the first-half. When they went down to 10 men it was harder to break down, they ended up dropping and defending the box. We tried to go wider and get round them, we tried to attack the box from the sides. But that was difficult too as Cardiff are very comfortable defending their box and they have a lot of height, a lot of talent defensively."

Pep Clotet on continuing to commit to attack away from home and not altering...

"The first-half is the way I want us to play in games and make sure we can score those goals. It is not easy to come to Cardiff, but we had 25 shots at goal. We need to keep doing a lot of work to make sure that luck is with us and we can finish off our chances. Football is a very simple game, but it is so hard and so difficult to make the play simple; the key facts are that you have to take it to the opposition and create a lot of chances when you have the ball. We you don't have the ball, my way of understanding is to make sure you get it back as soon as possible. This cannot change - home and away. The game has to be the same. If we back off, like we did at Swansea, you'd leave thinking 'what have we done?'. This how we are. We are in a good position in the league, we are a young side, they are finding their way, this is the future for Birmingham and what we are working for. We have a lot of points in our back pack already, we play football that the fans enjoy. Obviously we have won more at home - we have won two games away - and the performances we put in away from home now give me much more confidence than we had at the beginning (away from home)."

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