Hasen­huttl laments costly blun­der

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER - PHIL BLANCHE

Cardiff Southamp­ton

NCity EW man­ager Ralph Hasen­huttl be­moaned Southamp­ton’s de­fend­ing af­ter los­ing his first game in charge. Cal­lum Pater­son cap­i­talised on Jan­nik Vester­gaard’s dread­ful 74 th-minute mis­take to give Cardiff a vic­tory that pro­pels them up to 14th in the ta­ble.

Saints, who have won only once all sea­son, are now five points adrift of Cardiff and drop one place to 19th.

“At this level you can­not give the ball away twice in that man­ner,” Hasen­huttl said of the defin­ing mo­ment of a scruffy game. “It is very hard to ac­cept that we didn’t get a point, but with these mis­takes we don’t de­serve it.”

The Aus­trian faces a dif­fi­cult start, with Arse­nal, Manch­ester City and Chelsea among his next five op­po­nents.

Cardiff have now won four of their last five home games af­ter be­ing writ­ten off at the start of the sea­son. The Blue­birds were again in­debted to Pater­son, a makeshift striker who plays right-back for Scot­land, af­ter his fourth goal of the sea­son.

“You only have to look at the statis­tics for the lad, he can do any­thing and play in any po­si­tion,” said man­ager Neil Warnock. “On an­other day we prob­a­bly would have scored two or three goals.”

Warnock also praised ref­eree Jon Moss, who played a cru­cial ad­van­tage in the build-up to Pater­son’s goal. Cardiff mid­fielder Vic­tor Ca­ma­rasa had been fouled by his fel­low Spaniard Oriol Romeu near the half­way line, but Moss al­lowed the game to con­tinue.

“I’m some­times crit­i­cal of ref­er­ees,” Warnock said. “But I have to pay credit to Jon Moss. I don’t think any other ref would have played that ad­van­tage for us for the goal. It was a fan­tas­tic de­ci­sion”

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