HAZARD TAKES CARDIFF APART
Hazard hat-trick means that for Bluebirds...
CARDIFF City boss Neil Warnock admitted his side had learned another harsh lesson about life in the Premier League as Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a 4-1 victory over the Bluebirds at Stamford Bridge.
The diminutive Belgian superstar bagged himself a hat-trick to inspire his side after Sol Bamba had shocked the Kings Road faithful by putting the Bluebirds in front.
“He’s (Hazard) a good player isn’t he? But that’s what you’re going to get with the top teams,” said Warnock, whose men have yet to taste victory in five Premier League games - and next have to face unbeaten champions Manchester City.
“I’m sure as a neutral it’s great to watch him play like that as he’s unplayable at times.
“I thought we were in the game for 80 minutes and once again I’m really disappointed with the goals we conceded.
“Joe (Bennett) should’ve won the first tackle when Hazard went through. It’s a poor challenge and we should’ve won that and prevented that.
“Then with Bobby Reid [for the second] I don’t know why it’s a freekick, it’s never a freekick there. Bobby Reid and him touch hands!
“And then Victor’s (Camarasa) got to learn really. You’ve got to learn as you get into the Premier League. Victor could have got in front of Alonso, gone down and got a freekick.
“But he didn’t. He tried to stand up and they score a second. I think it’s just a learning curve.
“With the penalty, I knew it was going to be a penalty 15 yards before the tackle actually happened. So we have got to learn quickly because these top teams punish you with the players they’ve got.
“I thought that Willian was going to be too quick and I thought Sol’s going to tackle. He’s not going to hold. Not at this time of the day when he’s getting tired.
“It was a fully expected penalty and I think that was his only mistake. I thought he had a good game really.
“He’s just got to learn that he can’t do that.
“We’re in the game there and should have had a penalty when Callum Paterson hits the post or bar or whatever and then David Luiz on the floor clearly pulls him down. He’s clever. That’s what we’ve got to become.”
Cardiff also lost Irish midfielder Harry Arter at half time to add to their woes.
“It was dizziness and vomiting and all sorts of things. It wasn’t worth the risk,” said Warnock.
■ In the Championship, meanwhile, Swansea City moved into sixth place in the table after a scoreless draw against Nottingham Forest at Liberty Stadium.
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Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring the first of his three goals for Chelsea against Cardiff City yesterday