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Bluebirds boss rues missed pen

5th December 2018, 03:02 by Michael Holland

Neil Warnock admitted his Cardiff side's penalty miss was crucial as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

Cardiff, still without an away win this season, blew a golden chance to take the lead when Joe Ralls saw a first-half penalty saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot after Marko Arnautovic shoved Junior Hoilett in the area but Ralls could not take advantage, and with it went Cardiff's chance of a first away win of the season as Lucas Perez and Michail Antonio made them pay.

Josh Murphy headed in a scrappy consolation goal for Cardiff in stoppage time, but the damage was done and Warnock was left to think about what might have been.

"I thought it showed we could win games away from home tonight," Warnock said. "I said to Manuel in the technical area 'how can we be losing?' If the penalty goes in you could just sense the crowd felt it wouldn't go their way.

"But it takes guts to take a penalty - I wouldn't even watch one. We looked a decent side, we played some good stuff and it would have been interesting to see the penalty go in."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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