Cardiff City boss Dave Jones admits that his side were below par in their home defeat to Queens Park Rangers.
Rangers picked up the victory courtesy of a brace from Jay Simpson, the first of which Jones believed was offside despite his side’s poor defensive work.
The Bluebirds boss spoke to cardiffcityfc.co.uk following a gruelling 40 minute lock-in with his players, and insists that his side deserved nothing.
‘Before the match, we spoke about Rangers being more dangerous away from home because they are getting flak at home,” said Jones.
“They are probably more comfortable away. We didn’t shut them down and make life difficult for them.
‘The first goal was offside but we shouldn’t have been playing offside anyway. We were caught out of shape because somebody didn’t want to run five yards to stop them from playing the ball.
‘Too many of our players want to play the way they want to play instead of the way we want them to play.”
Jones refused to defend his players for what he deemed a lack of effort and commitment, but did have kind words for young striker Josh Magennis.
The striker worked hard following his introduction, but he was in a minority as Jones gave his scathing assessment of the Cardiff performance.
‘We never started with any tempo. Sadly that was true of my front line. People at the back will lump balls if there is no movement in front of them,” Jones continued.
‘There are not many times I’ve come in as manager of this club and said that about the players. But this was probably the most lacklustre performance I’ve seen from us in a long time. They didn’t compete hard enough.
‘I can’t defend them in any way whatsoever. What I can’t accept is that we didn’t work hard enough. I’ve been in the dressing room and that all know that.’
Cardiff now face Premier League Aston Villa in the League Cup on Wednesday night (September 23), a side that QPR defeated last season on their way to Old Trafford.
Rangers face the massive test of a West London derby against Chelsea, who are set to blood several youngsters in the clash on the same evening.
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