Managers reaction to City's Carling Cup progress

Last updated : 21 September 2004 By Michael Morris
Stuart Murdoch

"That was typical us in the first 25 minutes. I was surprised and disappointed. After the first goal we just capitulated for 10 minutes and after that it was virtually game over.

"3-0 at half-time left us with a mountain to climb.

"I told the lads that Cardiff would be a wounded animal after their recent run but they let them into the game far too easily.

"The players need to show more responsibility at set-pieces and put their heads in where it hurts. To concede two goals from corners again is very disappointing.

"But it's the old adage you would rather lose a cup game than a league game but we have to make sure we win the league game on Saturday now."

Lennie Lawrence

"It's a step in the right direction but no more than that.

"It's nice not to be talking about pressure for a change and if we can beat Wolves on Saturday I will feel a lot, lot better.

"I know the Dons have had their problems and we played against 10 men for half an hour, but it's still a good result for us.

"The players started really well and the three early goals killed the game.

"It was disappointing not to keep a clean sheet - one lapse in concentration at the end cost us that.

"It's good to send the fans home happy but we are not going to get carried away."