Warnock blasts 'elementary' Cardiff mistakes

Cardiff City defender Bruno Ecuele Manga made an "elementary" mistake in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, according to Neil Warnock.

Neil Warnock says his players must cut down on elementary mistakes.   -  Getty Images

Neil Warnock called for Cardiff City to cut out "elementary" mistakes after a 5-0 home defeat against Manchester City extended its miserable start to the Premier League season.

Cardiff held its own for half an hour on a rain-soaked pitch, before goals from Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan put the visitor 3-0 up at half-time.

The Bluebirds boss was pleased by its start to the second half, but a brace from substitute Riyad Mahrez - the second of which was gifted to him by Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga - left Warnock frustrated.

"We've got to eliminate mistakes if we're to have any chance whatsoever," said Warnock, after his team made it six Premier League games without a win.

"I think we did well in the first half hour. I thought our shape was good and then they scored from our corner kick, and that's how good these teams are.

"We lost our discipline a little bit and we found ourselves 3-0 down from nothing.

"I thought second half, despite the injury, we did alright. Then, just another mistake at the death made it worse than what it should've been.

"You've just got to think how well Bruno Ecuele Manga played, and then he goes and makes a mistake like that for the fifth goal, which is just elementary."

The defeat followed a 4-1 reverse against Chelsea and a 3-2 loss at home against Arsenal, and Warnock suggested his players could be finding it tough to adapt to life in the top flight.

He said: "We have a good group. Not many of them have played at this level before, and I think when we went behind it showed a little bit.

"We have made mistakes but we're all in it together. All I ask is that they do their best."