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"First goal was crucial" - Cardiff City manager Russell Slade

21 January 2015

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade has vented his frustration following two consecutive away defeats in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Bluebirds were defeated 3-2 by Norwich City at Carrow Road last weekend, and they also fell 2-1 to high-flying Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

Failure to take a point from their last two matches has seen Cardiff slump to 13th in the table, 10 points adrift of the Play-Off positions.

Slade says he has been satisfied with his players performances in the last two games, but has bemoaned the lack of results: "I thought we looked organised and compact and reduced them (Middlesbrough) to only a few opportunities," he said.

"Maybe the first goal was crucial and they got that. It was frustrating because we started the second half well and from a counter-attack they hurt us.

"If we had stayed in the game and not conceded a second then Kenwyne (Jones) would have got us an important goal.

"I was pleased with the defensive set-up and we were much more compact. But ultimately we've come away from two away games with no points and that's frustrating."

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