Warnock backs Brexit but ur­gently needs deals

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Football - At the Cardiff City Sta­dium

Neil Warnock de­clared after this dire stale­mate that he “can’t wait” for Brexit. “I think we’ll be far bet­ter out of the b----- thing,” he said.

The match, which fea­tured just two shots on tar­get, was not un­like Gov­ern­ment with­drawal talks; an an­gry, unin­spired af­fair with no ap­par­ent chance of a break­through. And like Theresa May, the Cardiff City man­ager now needs a ma­jor slice of luck this week as he des­per­ately tries to get a deal over the line.

Emil­iano Sala, the Nantes striker, is among three trans­fer tar­gets after Warnock ac­knowl­edged his lack of at­tack­ing op­tions in this woe­ful match “stuck out like a sore thumb”. The man­ager said he was “hope­ful” but not ut­terly con­fi­dent of com­plet­ing a trio of sign­ings, hav­ing fielded a start­ing XI of mis­fits as­sem­bled for a to­tal of just £9.5mil­lion.

Warnock ex­pressed frus­tra­tion over this win­ter’s trans­fer win­dow, sug­gest­ing the club had been used as bait to gen­er­ate big­ger of­fers else­where. How­ever, he reck­oned it was greedy agents, rather than anx­i­ety at clubs over Bri­tain’s with­drawal from the Euro­pean Union, that was caus­ing uncer­tainty in the trans­fer mar­ket.

“Once the coun­try knows what they are do­ing and the coun­try moves on, I think it will be straight­for­ward,” Warnock said of Brexit.

“They had a ref­er­en­dum and now we see politi­cians and ev­ery­one else try­ing to put their foot in it with Theresa, in­stead of get­ting be­hind her. Why did we have a ref­er­en­dum in the first b----- place?

“I think we’ll be far bet­ter out of the b----- thing. In ev­ery as­pect. Foot­ball-wise as well, ab­so­lutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”

Cardiff, who have al­ready missed out on Nathaniel Clyne, failed to hit a shot on tar­get and can count them­selves lucky to es­cape with a point against rock-bot­tom Hud­der­s­field Town, who were de­nied a penalty in strange cir­cum­stances.

Warnock said: “We’ve got three main tar­gets now, but we thought we had a mid­fielder signed last week and that fell through. I don’t think you can say any­thing un­til they’re ac­tu­ally in your of­fice sign­ing the pa­pers. Agents get a sniff else­where, with bet­ter deals. That’s the job we’re in at the minute.”

David Wag­ner, the nor­mally up­beat Hud­der­s­field man­ager, was fu­ri­ous at a spot-kick about-turn by Lee Ma­son, the ref­eree, and is start­ing to lose the faith.

“I said be­fore this game that we had to win it and we haven’t done it,” he said. “Ev­ery­body knows what prob­a­bly was the big­gest rea­son why. The ref­eree’s de­ci­sion where he gave a penalty which he later de­cided wasn’t a penalty. After I have seen the video footage, it was a clear pen. De­ci­sions like this de­cide games, re­sults and ta­ble po­si­tions, more or less ev­ery­thing.”

Ma­son had his penalty change of mind 12 min­utes from time, hav­ing ini­tially pointed to the spot after Florent Hadergjonaj tum­bled un­der pres­sure from Joe Ben­nett. The about-turn came after a lengthy chat with lines­man Stu­art Burt.

Warnock, how­ever, in­sisted “jus­tice had been done”, claim­ing his side had missed out on a spot-kick after a clumsy chal­lenge on Ju­nior Hoi­lett in the first half.

Hud­der­s­field re­main eight points adrift of their Welsh rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals. A lack of swag­ger was ap­par­ent from the sec­ond minute as a lofted free-kick from the right dropped invit­ingly for Steve Mounie but he took a stab at thin air.

The home side, hav­ing led for just 93 min­utes in Premier League matches all sea­son, were equally twitchy and took 10 min­utes to get in­side Hud­der­s­field’s fi­nal third.

The game was brought tem­po­rar­ily to life after 15 min­utes when Nathaniel Men­dez-laing burst down the right and fired a teas­ing ball to­wards the on­rush­ing Hoi­lett. The at­tacker ap­peared to be tripped but Ma­son ig­nored penalty ap­peals.

Un­for­tu­nately for both sides, the game de­clined fur­ther in qual­ity and am­bi­tion in the sec­ond half. Cardiff have be­come late-show spe­cial­ists but nei­ther Cal­lum Pater­son nor sub­sti­tute Rhys Healey were able to shoot on tar­get.

Out­spo­ken: Neil Warnock, who later sup­ported Brexit and said ‘To hell with the rest of the world,’ urges on Cardiff on Satur­day

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