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Holloway: Bitterly Disappointed

26 December 2012

Ian Holloway reflected on a narrow defeat for his side and after a bright start to the game had to concede to being disappointed with the latter stages. 

"We started well and ended terribly, I thought we stopped creating chances and in these games you can't do that and you have to keep going. It was as simple as that.

"You know with this crowd like it is Cardiff are going to come back and in the end I am bitterly disappointed in the last 15 minutes because if any side looked like they were going to score a goal it was Cardiff.

The visitors held the lead through until just before half time and that's when the boss felt things could have been done differently. 

"After they scored I don't think my team did what they needed to do, in fact they did worse and not better.

"There was a lot about us that I was delighted with but I just didn't like the way we ended the game. We have got to look at that part of ourselves because that could be crucial come the end of the season."

With the transfer window getting ever nearer Holloway was once again asked about his hopes of being able to keep Wilfried Zaha in January but he was more interested in talking about a decision that went against the youngster in the 90 minutes. 

"I still can't believe, even more so after watching it again after the game, that he didn't get a penalty for the foul in the second half. Not even a free kick was given and they go up the other end and get a free kick. The crowd here for them is like the good old days but the decisions are made and we have to move on."

The gap at the top of the table after this one has been extended between the two teams but Holloway knows there is a long way to go. 

"Anybody can close the gap, you only have to look at what Reading did last year. If you don't believe me, look at history.Nobody has achieved anything yet this season but as a group we need to stick together and keep doing the good things because we are not a bad side ourselves and will keep going."

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