The Madejski Stadium

Next Game

Reading v Cardiff

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Cardiff City Stadium

Last Game

Cardiff 2 - 0 Birm'ham

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Mixed emotions for Solskjaer

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he had mixed emotions after his side's 2-0 defeat to West Ham.

Last Updated: 12/01/14 at 06:40 Post Comment

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Mixed emotions after Cardiff defeat

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Mixed emotions after Cardiff defeat

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Solskjaer saw his first home game in charge spoiled by the Hammers as goals from Carlton Cole and Mark Noble moved West Ham out of the bottom three at the expense of Cardiff.

Solskjaer bemoaned his side's poor first-half performance for the defeat, but was happy with their second-half showing even though they came away without any reward.

"I think you have to say I have a mixture of many different emotions," Solskjaer told Sky Sports. "The first half never got going because of injuries and they had a few players staying down and a bad one for Demel so we hope he is okay.

"I was surprised by our first-half performance because we have been so bright in training and the second half was more like it. That's the way I want my team to play.

"We should have defended better of course, we should been tighter up to the man, don't let Carlton Cole have a free run like he did, but that was our first half today, we just didn't perform to our level.

"Second half that's more like it - energy, enthusiasm, chances, big chances and we could have and should have scored a goal or two.

"Sometimes football is like that, you have 20 shots on goal, they have ten, you have two thirds of possession and they win the game.

"At this level you need to take your chances and they did to be fair."

The defeat was Solskjaer's first in his second game in charge to leave Cardiff in the drop zone, but he believes if they can replicate their second-half showing they can climb out of trouble.

"I never thought this was going to be easy anyway, you don't expect that in the Premier League, it is a tough place to work," continued Solskjaer.

"There are five points up to tenth and if we get performances like in the second half we will be getting points."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

England 4-0 Lithuania: Harry Kane scores 78 seconds into debut

Harry Kane scored 78 seconds into his England debut from the bench as Roy Hodgson’s men beat Lithuania 4-0.

Scholes: Bale 'perfect' for United

Paul Scholes says Gareth Bale would be "a natural fit" for Manchester United and believes the winger could have the same impact as Eric Cantona.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffers anterior cruciate ligament damage

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company