Although Chris Hughton admits that Birmingham City were not at their best yesterday at Cardiff, he does feel that they did not merit a defeat.
Blues remain at 14th place in the nPower Championship with games in hand, but have missed out on the opportunity to move up the league.
“We are disappointed,” said Hughton. “If we had played poorly, Boaz Myhill had had to make numerous saves, we would hold our hands up and say it hasn’t been a good day, we’ve not particularly played that well.
“I can’t say it was one our better performances, because it wasn’t.
“But I think coming away from home, being solid as a team, having your opportunities to break – that first-half we had three or four good opportunities when we broke but didn’t show enough – we definitely did well enough not to have lost the game.”
That was before two key decisions, as Hughton pointed out: Curtis Davies’s red card and Pablo’s error.
“The back four did very well. They were rarely threatened, there was a decent use of the ball at times as well.
“I don’t think I can say everything about Curtis’s tackle was perfect as the lad goes down. But the players are the ones closest, they get a feel for it. What they showed was that Curtis had won the ball.”
Hughton added: “If I look at what Cardiff have done this season – and that’s no disrespect to Cardiff as they are a very good side – they didn’t threaten us that much, which makes the defeat all the more disappointing.”