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We know against a team like Cardiff at their level with a good squad, unless you put your chances in, they can make you pay.

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet's comments following his side's 1-1 draw against The Bluebirds at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.

Pep Clotet on his side's first-half display...
"The team made the perfect start and we were on top and on the front foot as we like to play at home. After scoring the goal, Jude had another clear chance and Bela hit the post and we had other chances. In the first half we had 11 chances to their one. Unfortunately, we didn't score the second goal that would have put it to bed. We know against a team like Cardiff at their level with a good squad, unless you put your chances in, they can make you pay."

Pep Clotet on Cardiff getting back into the game after the break...
We knew that after half-time they would come at us and it would turn into a set-piece game and they made it very difficult for us. The second-half it was a really tough game because every time they had a chance, they put the ball into the box. Because we were defending the box we couldn't press, and it turned out to be a set-play game. We tried and we had a few counter-attacks and Jukey forced the Cardiff 'keeper into making a very good save. We defended the box as best we could but of course we conceded the goal. The second-half turned into an ugly game. Cardiff are a physical side and I think they won the midfield battle in the middle of the park. We got a little bit better when Gary Gardner got out onto the pitch."

Pep Clotet on Cardiff's appeals for a second-half penalty ...
"I don't think it was a penalty or sending off. The ref was close, and the linesman was there, and they saw it very clearly. Tomlin is a very smart player and he will use all of his resources to try to benefit himself in every situation. He complained for the penalty when he had no other options in that play, and I think it would have been a little bit soft. I agree with the referee not to give it. I haven’t seen it back, for me it is very difficult to comment on the referees because I always back them. I back them when we have a penalty against, and I back them now."

Pep Clotet on Marc Roberts' first start in over two months following his return from an ankle injury...
"He's back to a similar level that he was before. He's been training hard, but he was a little bit of a doubt until the last minute. He got through the full 90 minutes and was comfortable."

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