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The opposition view: Cardiff City

Filed: Wednesday, 5th December 2018
By: Staff Writer

A game of two halves, moaned Cardiff fans after they watched Neil Warnock's side capitulate at the beginning of the second half. For those thoughts and more, enjoy your latest edition of the OV...

"What happened in the second half? First half I thought we did well, especially the last 20 minutes. Got ourselves a penalty, but Iím not surprised Ralls missed - he hasnít been playing well this season. 0-0 at half time and competing well. But our defence seemed to have fallen apart during the half time break. All those goals could have been avoided. We seem incapable of playing well for an entire game. We can do it for 45 minutes but not for 90. That needs to be addressed."
- worcester_ccfc

"Had that penalty gone in then it may have been a different story but I don't think we should be losing our heads with an away defeat at West Ham. They stuffed Newcastle on Saturday and I think will finish in the top 10 easily. The positive tonight was getting a consolation goal with our poor goal difference and that all the other teams lost around us. Saints are away at Spurs and Burnley are at home to Liverpool tomorrow. I don't think we'll lose any ground on this round of fixtures. Saints on Saturday is a massive game now though."
- EastleighBlue

"We weren't a million miles away from West Ham in most areas apart from their attack, which is far superior to ours. Arnautovic was on a different level to our players when he was playing, and Perez showed us how to stick the ball in the onion bag. A weak penalty from ralls and a comedy of errors by Bennett and Morrison for the first goal. It only takes a couple of mistakes in 90 minutes to get well beaten at this level. We clearly lack a cutting edge up front and that needs to be remedied in January if we are to get points from games like these."
- northernbluebird

"City will need to bring some class this January, they canít survive just on guts and passion when they play the bigger clubs. First-Half: West Ham dominated first 25 mins, but Cardiff finished the first half-half by far the better team. Second-Half West Ham just upped a gear and tore Cardiff apart, what a diffent half. On a big pitch West Ham seemed to have all the time and space they needed. The rest of the game West Ham just eased off, but at the same time controlled the game."
- Forever Blue

"The penalty miss was the turning point in this game."
- TopCat CCFC

"I feel sorry for West Ham fans. I've been to Upton Park a few times, it was a lovely stadium full of character and atmosphere. They now have a soulless cereal bowl. They've sold their soul, they no longer have a football stadium where they can create an atmosphere and it's sad to see. City fans didn't stop singing as usual though."
- Tonteg Bluebird

"Not impressed by the atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium last night. The fans are just too far away from the pitch to make for anything like the intimidating atmosphere at Upton Park. They even have a big screen at the other end of the of the pitch behind the goals showing live footage I think the reason for this is to show the game as it's so far away that some people may may need to watch this rather than the actual game? West Ham away used to be one of the favourite venues for me as an away fan. Not any more sadly."
- CF31 Company

"I don't think it works as a football stadium, we found it really difficult to make our normal noisy vocal support mainly because our fans were on two different levels so hard to coordinate the songs, the upper level was bloody far from the pitch and separate from the lower level by a massive walkway. For me also the most noticeable aspect was the lack of an intimidating atmosphere, there were no problems either walking to or from the stadium back to the coaches and I remember visiting the old Upton Park was at times quite scary. How times have changed."
- TerryB

"Having watched every game this season, I can honestly say that was THE WORSE 2nd half performance of any game. I couldn't wait for the game to end. With the game already lost NW made 3 substitutions. We have played well against some of the top teams in the division (Man City excepted) but to lose so badly against WHU has to be a disaster."

"The fact is that West Ham are a fairly established top flight side, and they have spent the bulk of my 50 odd years as a City fan playing at the top. They are a good bit ahead of us at the moment in terms of quality players, and are not one of the sides who we will be in the relegation battle with us. I think the majority of City fans are realistic enough to know our limitations, and considering the money that was spent assembling this squad, we are still in there fighting. "
- Steve Zodiak

"At home with our support we can rattle anybody with the passion and energy and sheer will to win, but away from home you need that bit of class. We arenít at the level yet where we can rock up to West Ham and win, but no complaints here - it is what it is and it shows how important the home games are. Was a step too far after the energy put in Friday night, ok we had a bad 15 mins and ironically we were playing ok at that point but the missed pen killed us ( didnít fancy him). The gulf in class was too much at times. #8 for West Ham ran the show. That result though is not a big surprise. We go again."
- Stringfellow

"West Hamís quality is far superior to ours, thatís obvious. I think theyíll finish in the top half. But that second half defending was a disgrace. Terrible defending cost us that game, especially the first two goals. It could have been different if Ralls had scored the penalty. I donít enjoy being negative, but you canít make those sort of mistakes in this league."
- nojac

* Comments originally posted on twitter and at cardiffcityforum.co.uk.

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