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19 Mar 2012 11:37:12

Malky left frustrated by shot shy Bluebirds

Post match reaction from the managers after Cardiff's 0 - 0 draw with Burnley. "It was frustrating that we didn't score and at the end of the game we were looking for one to go in off someone's backside, but the positives were that in the second half we kept on pushing with balls in to the box and crosses across their six yard box," he said.   "It's one of those that the lads in the dressing room are also frustrated as well, but we're also happy with having kept a clean sheet and limited the opposition to no shots on target in the last hour of the game. "The second half we dominated having been forced to be patient during a first half in which Burnley didn't play, dropping a man much deeper than they normally do to protect and frustrate, sitting deep." On his decision to start with the same XI that lost to Hull Malky said, "I wouldn't have changed the team in terms of the bodies out there to start the game. It was the team I felt would give us the best chance today. In the second half we changed our shape slightly after having plenty of the ball in the first half, albeit without the cutting edge. As the game wore on gaps and spaces appeared, especially towards the end. And if one of those would have been taken it would have been a different story. "When you have a dip you look to get back to basics, which is something we've done. We've lost one in four now having two good results away before a bad result here before today. And now we've another game with Coventry coming here on Wednesday night as the games keep on coming thick and fast. "As it stands we're still involved and two points from fourth place, so we all have to keep on working away and believing in our ability, believing that we're a good enough club to be involved, which we are. Our fans can see that and that we were pushing right until the end - and that gives me great faith in the group going forward. We've got nine games to go and we'll do well as long as we're all pushing in the right direction."

Burnley manager Eddie Howe said: "I'm delighted with the way the lads played and we can take a lot of positives from the game.

"We tried to implement a passing style at the start of the season but we didn't get the results.

"We eventually got some and, long-term, it's the best way to go.

"Burnley fans crave good football and it will benefit us in the end. There will be mistakes along the way but we have to be brave and stick to what we do.

"With the chances we created we are disappointed not to have won the game."

 


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