READY TO FLY!

Slade says play­ers and fans can feel the noise

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

tipped onto the bar by Richard O’Don­nell only for the alert O’Keefe to head home the re­bound from close range.

Bris­tol head coach Lee John­son had few com­plaints, other than the first-half spot-kick claim.

“I thought it was a penalty at the time and hav­ing seen the in­ci­dent again I am dou­bly sure,” he said.

“It was a big de­ci­sion that went against us at an im­por­tant time in the game, but I don’t want to make a big thing of it be­cause of­fi­cials have a tough job.

“My big­gest crit­i­cism of my play­ers is that we turned down too many chances to get crosses in. Our de­ci­sion-mak­ing on the day was poor at times.

“Our one-on-one de­fend­ing is also not good enough at times and that is some­thing we have to work on.

“But we have to main­tain pos­i­tives. There are things we have to im­prove on, but our fans are be­hind us and we need to brush our­selves down and bounce back quickly.”

With Bruno Ecuele Manga out­stand­ing at the back, Cardiff re­pelled most of Bris­tol’s at­tacks and emerged wor­thy win­ners, with David Mar­shall hav­ing only been forced into three test­ing saves. One blot on the day for Slade was that right-back Lee Peltier suf­fered a po­ten­tially se­ri­ous foot in­jury and had to be with­drawn at half-time.

The home side’s frus­tra­tion was demon­strated when Lee Tom­lin col­lected a book­ing for dis­sent as the play­ers left the field at the break.

Tom­lin was the big­gest threat for Bris­tol and his de­flected 55thminute shot brought a save from Mar­shall.

The Cardiff keeper was in ac­tion again on 70 min­utes, div­ing to his right to palm away Tom­lin’s free­kick from 30 yards.

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