Steve Morison has told his players to hold their heads high after a spirited Cardiff City display ultimately ended up in more disappointment against QPR.
There were moments of real quality from the Bluebirds, but Andre Gray’s first-half goal was enough to consign them to another defeat – their ninth in 10 games.
It was Morison’s first taste of defeat after City architected a three-goal comeback to earn a draw up at the bet365 Stadium last weekend, but the caretaker manager was largely happy with what he saw.
With just one more game in charge, potentially, to prove he is capable of handling the job on a full-time basis, he pleaded with his players to pick themselves up ahead of another big clash against Huddersfield this weekend.
“The lads are gutted,” Morison said.
“I said to them tonight, ‘look, don’t be down, don’t feel sorry for yourselves’.
“It comes around thick and fast, 48 hours and we go again.
“There is frustration, but I do feel a sense of positivity around the place. We will come back in and go to work, add to our performance tonight, which was largely positive apart from that one moment. But that writes the story for the whole game.
“But hopefully our progression from that is, on Saturday, we put it all together and we come out on top.”
It is clear that Morison has put his stamp on things so far, as Will Vaulks said in the lead-up to this game, and that was evident right from the off.
Despite another defeat, which will be heavy to take for City fans as they see their team now just one point above the relegation zone, it was pleasing to hear fans so supportive of a much-changed style of play – even if the quality was lacking at times.
And Morison hopes that this shift, in such a short space of time, has legs and can be the blueprint for the team going forward – whether he is the man to carry it out long-term or not.
“I said that I would do it my way. You can see what style we want,” Morison said.
“There are going to be some hairy moments. There are going to be some risky moments, moments where your heart is in your mouth.
“But I thought actually tonight that, every time those moments happened and everyone gasped, we came out of it the other side and switched play or played someone down the line.
“It’s the risk and reward.
“I thought they took it on really well and if you play in that kind of style there is progression in it and there is longevity in it.
“I think there are two teams who wanted to keep the ball, wanted to be compact out of possession.
“Tonight, they had one moment of quality and we didn’t.”
When asked when he believes the club will make a decision on appointing a permanent manager, Morison replied: “Ultimately, the club will make their decision. When? I don’t know.
“There is one more game now, which I will definitely be looking after – unless something changes! Then we go into an international window.
“I’m presuming, by the time we come back to Preston away, there will be a decision.”