BLUEBIRDS HAVE TO FIND GOAL THREAT

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HUD­DER­S­FIELD TOWN.......0 CARDIFF CITY.......0

CARDIFF City boss Neil Warnock watched his Bluebirds pick up their sec­ond Premier League point of the sea­son at Hud­der­s­field yes­ter­day... but now has to find a way to end their goal drought.

A 0-0 stale­mate in York­shire means Cardiff have failed to score in thier first three games af­ter re­turn­ing to the top flight and things cer­tainly won’t get any eas­ier from here on.

Cardiff host Cham­pi­onship side Nor­wich in the Carabao Cup on Tues­day night but games against Arse­nal, Chelsea and Manch­ester City are next up in an un­for­giv­ing Septem­ber sched­ule.

“We’re in the Premier League and that’s how it is, at least we’ve got three easy games com­ing up to get a goal on the board,” joked Warnock.

“We’ll score even­tu­ally,” he added with a wry smile.

“We should have won and I’m dis­ap­pointed we didn’t. I was pleased with the shape but we didn’t have enough in the fi­nal third again.”

Cardiff will wait for news on Nathaniel Men­dez-Laing’s fit­ness fol­low­ing his match-end­ing first-half col­li­sion with Hud­der­s­field goal­keeper Ben Hamer, who was also forced to leave the field.

“We won’t know for a few days, we can’t even scan it so it will be the mid­dle of next week,” said Warnock.

“He was brave and he got to the ball be­fore their keeper...it makes you won­der what you should do in those sit­u­a­tions.”

Hud­der­s­field dom­i­nated for long spells un­til Jonathon Hogg was sent off for head­but­ting Harry Arter in the 63rd minute.

Af­ter that Cardiff had their chances, but just couldn’t break their goal duck.

“Ob­vi­ously at the end I am dis­ap­pointed. I thought we could have won it re­ally with a lit­tle bit more clin­i­cal fin­ish­ing at the end,” added Warnock.

“I thought they were on their last legs re­ally and we couldn’t take our op­por­tu­ni­ties so I’m dis­ap­pointed.”

Mean­while, Swansea saw their un­beaten start to life in the Cham­pi­onship come to an and with a dis­ap­point­ing 1-0 home de­feat at the hands of Bris­tol City.

An­dreas Weimann’s goal af­ter just 30 sec­onds proved enough to give the Robins vic­tory over Gra­ham Pot­ter’s men.

Pot­ter, who has con­firmed the sign­ing of Tot­ten­ham de­fender Cameron Carter-Vick­ers on a sea­son-long loan, said: “It wasn’t the best of starts, that’s the first thing to say. That can hap­pen in foot­ball, but it’s dis­ap­point­ing and we have to im­prove on that.

“I thought we re­cov­ered quite well for 20 or 30 min­utes al­though we were not quite at our nor­mal level. At the back end of the first half Bris­tol were dan­ger­ous and could have added to their lead.

“In the sec­ond half we needed to change things. We were a lit­tle bit flat in the first half it was one of those days where it wasn’t quite hap­pen­ing for us.

“Jeff and Matt came on and helped us. We got a bit bet­ter without be­ing to­tally con­vinc­ing.

“We huffed and puffed and got a bit bet­ter as the sec­ond half wore on, but the re­al­ity is we didnt do enough to get any­thing from the game.

“Credit to Bris­tol City, they were the bet­ter team.”

Bluebirds and Swans match re­ports: Sport on Sun­day

Cardiff’s Nathaniel Men­dez-Laing col­lides with Hud­der­s­field goal­keeper Ben Hamer yes­ter­day. Both players were forced to leave the field in­jured

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