Structured and shape, but not a classic. Reaction

Last updated : 27 November 2019 By Michael Morris

Neil Harris:

"It wasn't a classic. It was a typical scrappy Tuesday night football match.

"We played open and expansive football on the weekend. It was exciting, but it's not always going to be like that.


"I thought we were more structured tonight and more shape about them.

"I'm delighted for the players. We'll be better than that, I promise you that. If we have to roll our sleeves up and battle like that then we can do so.

"We limited Stoke's opportunities. Sometimes you need that one moment. I'm delighted with the end product of a clean sheet."

Sky Highlights - Cardiff 1 - 0 Stoke

Michael O'Neill:

"We're disappointed with the result. We're disappointed with a lot of things on the night. It was a game where we had a lot of possession, close to nearly 70% of possession, but we had possession with no purpose.

"Again we put ourselves in a difficult position because we lose a poor goal. And that's ultimately what decides the game.

"Too often tonight we made the wrong decision in the final third or lacked quality in terms of the final ball. The concerning thing was that we didn't work the goalkeeper very much, we didn't create enough clear-cut opportunities.

"We lost momentum and we didn't play with enough belief which was disappointing given we've won back-to-back games."