He may be a man under pressure but Mick McCarthy delivered a verdict after watching his side completely outclassed in Swansea this afternoon and said they were facing “one of the best teams in the league”
He may have been referring to the midweek opponents of his side in Fulham but on the evidence of this afternoon it could have easily been in reference to a Swansea side who tore his own team apart on a glorious afternoon in SA1.
That may be words to soften the blow of a 3-0 defeat to your local rivals but they are words that will not go down well at the Cardiff City Stadium especially coming from the mouth of a manager whose time in South Wales is surely coming to an end after this, a sixth successive, defeat for the Bluebirds.
It could have been an afternoon that was much worse for McCarthy but the stark reality for him is that there was a gulf between the two sides this afternoon and it seems as if there is a long hard season ahead for Cardiff on the back of this display and their recent results.
Speaking to the Bluebirds official site after the game, McCarthy said “It’s a bit like a broken record and similar to Blackburn. We’ve had a number of chances early on, but we’ve got to be better in both boxes. It was a great start to the game but a really poor finish.
“We tried to match them up as their wing backs get high and wide. Once they got one-nil in front, we were chasing the game. I always expect our players to give everything, which they do. But it is difficult when you’re on a run like we are.
“The game plan worked well at the start but it was disappointing from the first goal.”
The Bluebirds return to action in just three days, visiting high-flying Fulham in midweek. Mick continued: “I keep doing the job. I keep trying to get the results.
“It’s not a good recipe for success. Conceding at one end and not scoring at the other. All we can do is stick together, knowing we will be back in tomorrow, and work towards Fulham.
“They’re one of the best teams in the league. This league throws up some strange results though.
“Let’s hope on Wednesday it goes in our favour.