Former Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway says Mick McCarthy will be “fuming” with Cardiff City’s defence after their 5-1 hammering at Blackburn Rovers.
The Bluebirds were put to the sword by Tony Mowbray’s side at Ewood Park and were 3-0 down at the break.
It didn’t get much better in the second period, despite Sean Morrison pulling one back for the visitors, as Ben Brereton Diaz sealed his hat-trick from the spot in injury time.
Cardiff’s form is a major concern – something which McCarthy admitted to after the match – and Holloway was left baffled by the display he says he’s not used to seeing from the Bluebirds.
A couple of the goals – the third in particular – were not pretty from the visitors’ perspective, said the former Blackpool boss.
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He said on Quest: “My mate Mick will not be happy with that. I think the first goal, there’s no pressure on the ball. Your centre-half has just got to read that and they’ve left him to run in there totally on his own.
“It was a great finish after that and I’d like for them to talk about the next few goals with the quality of the crossing, but that’s unlike Mick’s defence. He’ll be fuming.
“It’s a comedy of errors. We can laugh but when you look at that again, he didn’t even get a shot off and it’s bobbled, but at least he followed it in. I’m not used to seeing Cardiff let goals like that in under Mick.”
McCarthy couldn’t hide his frustration in his interview post-match and said he thinks teams have worked out how to play against the Bluebirds now.
“It’s not easy to put my finger on that because we pretty much have the nucleus of the team that we had last year,” he said.
“Maybe teams have worked us out a bit. They’ve changed, played against us, we’ve analysed everything and will continue to do so.
“I haven’t got an answer for you now, that’s for sure.”
“Absolutely I’m concerned,” he added, when asked about their form. The Bluebirds have lost three in a row and four out of their last five in the league.
“I was concerned when we lost the first one. Then we came back and won (against Nottingham Forest) but I’m even more concerned now, by how we are playing and how we get back on track.
“That’s all we can try and do on Tuesday (against West Brom) because it’s coming thick and fast.”
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