September 30, 2018 / 6:02 PM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Warnock rues luck as Cardiff's tough start continues

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock was left bemoaning a lack of good fortune after his team suffered a 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Burnley on Sunday.

The Welsh club, promoted back to the Premier League last season, were on top for long periods and recorded 19 attempts to their visitors’ three with their direct approach.

The much-travelled Warnock feels they have not got the breaks they deserve in a tough run of fixtures which have produced two points from seven games.

“I thought we were the best side all the way through,” he said of Sunday’s fourth successive defeat.

“We had to work really hard to lose it! We were super in everything except defending the two goals.”

Cardiff also believed they should have had a penalty for hand ball in the first half to go with a header that was cleared off the line, a disallowed goal and a shot against the post by Josh Murphy.

“The lad’s hands are up there in an unnatural position and I think that’s a penalty,” Warnock said.

“We don’t get them as smaller clubs but that would have changed the game. Sometimes it depends which ref you get.”

In their first 10 games back in the Premier League Cardiff will have faced the top seven clubs from last season. Next up are Tottenham Hotspur, promoted Fulham and Liverpool.

“We have to move on and stop feeling sorry for ourselves” Warnock added.

Burnley have also had a difficult start, mainly because of being involved in six Europa League matches, so manager Sean Dyche was pleased his team came through a serious examination to record their second successive win.

“Cardiff put the ball in the box from literally everywhere and it knocked us out of our rhythm,” he said.

“It was effective, we couldn’t get into the game but I was pleased with our reaction. Second half we calmed a little bit but we had to defend resolutely and show the desire to get a result.

“This is a really tough division and we have had our fair share of knocks at the start of the season with the overload of matches.”

Reporting by Steve Tongue, editing by Ed Osmond

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