Slade: Bluebirds deserved point

Date published: Thursday 8th January 2015 8:39

Slade: Bluebirds deserved point

Fulham were heading for victory courtesy of Matt Smith’s header at the start of the second half when Noone made it 1-1 with a 25-yard beauty four minutes from time.
Noone had only been on the pitch eight minutes but Slade said the winger was capable of such strikes, even though he scored only once in 39 games last season.
“We’ve been waiting for that one,” said Cardiff manager Slade.
“Craig does it so many times in training but we didn’t see it last season with the success we wanted.
“Pilks (Anthony Pilkington) got the nod above him to start but Craig’s come on and made a point – and that’s the reaction you want.
“I felt we deserved a point massively on the balance of play and the opportunities created, and their ‘keeper Andy Lonergan was excellent.”
Cardiff’s own goalkeeper Simon Moore was at fault for Fulham’s goal as he misjudged Ben Pringle’s over-hit cross and spilled the ball, allowing Smith to pounce.
With suspended first-choice David Marshall remaining a target for West Brom, it remains a potentially problematic position for Slade.
“Simon has two choices really in that situation, he collects it or if he’s uncertain he can just tip it over the bar,” Slade said.
“He’s come to take it but he’s taken the ball onto the bar, lost his balance and it’s dropped forward.
“But he’ll learn from it and it was a positive sign he didn’t dwell on his error after that.”
Fulham manager Kit Symons admitted his players were disappointed not to open the season with three points.
“The changing room’s a bit disappointed not to have won it, which is a sign of the expectations within our ranks,” Symons said.
“Overall a draw was probably a fair result but at 1-0 we had one or two very good chances to win it.
“I’m disappointed not to have won it but I was pleased with the performance.”
But Symons said he wants to see his team carry more of a forward threat as the season develops.
“We’re not the Harlem Globetrotters, we’re not here to just look nice,” Symons said.
“I want that end product, more shots on target, more crosses into the box and more goals.
“We’ve got some talented footballers and we’re always going to have that nice play in central areas but we want more of a cutting edge.”

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