Hasenhuttl laments costly blunder
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”