Manager comments as Cardiff crumble at Norwich

Last updated : 17 February 2024 By Michael Morris

When asked about losing six of the last seven games:

"In my career I have never lost so many games in a row as a manager," Bulut said. "I have to adapt also a little bit. I don't like losing. My players don't like the situation right now.


"We started well this season and got 40 points. We have to continue for 14 games more and change it again. We have to give the fans something back. We have to show more, even when the opponent is stronger than us.

"It's a good moment for us to play at home in front of our fans, so we have to get the three points. It's a good time to think about everything, we will analyse it tomorrow so we can be much better on Tuesday.

"It hurts me a lot. I have to handle this quick with my players, because we need these players again on Tuesday. I need my players on Tuesday. I spoke to them inside (the changing room), they have to be positive. I cannot shout at them to make them more down, they are already down because we lost 4-1.

"I will try to keep morale up to have a good morale on Tuesday for the game."

Cardiff were comfortably second best throughout the afternoon, which has been a far too familiar story over the course of the last few months. At times on Saturday it looked like they were playing Manchester City rather than Norwich City.

"It was a very difficult afternoon," he admitted. "It was a game that was much, much better for them than for us. When we see the first 20 minutes, they were pushing, but we made it 1-0. From the pressing we got the ball and we scored, but after that we didn't manage to stop the opponent. They were much better than us. We have to accept that today we didn't have a great game.

"I knew that when I started here at the start of the season, what I have and where I want to be. When we speak about the top six and us it is a long way to be there, where we want to be.

"This is about time and working and we have to keep working.

"For Tuesday, I think it will be difficult," Bulut said of Ramsey. "He got injured, he has a strain on his calf. Also Perry Ng was injured on his hips. That's why they didn't play.

"For Tuesday, Aaron, it will be difficult. I think it will be a short time, around one week. We saw in the last game, at West Brom, when he came in, it was a different game from how we started, we got a few chances to score and make it 1-1.

"It would be great to have him, but if a player is injured, I cannot change it.

"Perry has an old injury with his hips, I hope he can be with us on Tuesday but I'm not sure about that."

Norwich manager David Wagner:

"The lads played very well, all the departments of our game were top quality.

"We started well and the only criticism I could make was we were not ruthless enough early on. But we stayed calm, kept playing our football and scored some wonderful goals.

"You can see from the way we are playing at the moment that there is a lot of confidence in the group.

All of the players are doing their jobs at a high level and full credit to them for that.

"I was also impressed with the way we defended. Cardiff are one of the best set-piece teams in the league and we didn't concede a single corner, which was very pleasing."