HAZ­ARD TAKES CARDIFF APART

Haz­ard hat-trick means that for Blue­birds...

Wales On Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - Foot­ball writer TOM COLE­MAN tom.cole­man@waleson­line.co.uk

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.

■ Blue­birds and Swans match cov­er­age: See Sport on Sun­day pull­out.

Eden Haz­ard cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the first of his three goals for Chelsea against Cardiff City yes­ter­day

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