Cardiff City 2 Hull City 0: Mental problem at Tigers, says Pearson

MANAGER Nigel Pearson was left to reflect on another poor showing on the road from his Hull side.

"It was another frustrating day as we seem to have a losing mentality in away games that needs to be addressed very quickly," he said.

"We are not giving ourselves a chance of winning games and it was a very soft victory for Cardiff.

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"There were certain aspects of our game that improved, particularly with our two new central defenders, and for Anthony Gerrard to come to his own club and play so very well was a plus point.

"It's always a risk when one of your players plays against you but we should have defended Seyi Olofinjana's headed goal much better.

"This season we have been losing on the road mainly because we have come up against better sides but we are still playing with some sort of mental blockage which I must do everything I can to rectify.

"It's too easy to look for excuses in our away form but I can assure you that we are working hard to improve it and start winning games.

"Our points return for the season is poor and there is added pressure now on our home games, but the criticism is mine to take and in the home games coming up we must perform to our best ability."

Cardiff manager Dave Jones believes his injury-hit side's victory proves the club has moved in the right direction and described it as their best win of the season.

A sell-out home crowd was left disappointed as home-town hero Craig Bellamy was ruled out due to injury, along with strike partner Jay Bothroyd and on-loan Manchester United midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

But they were not missed as goals from Olofinjana – on loan from Hull – and Gavin Rae extended Cardiff's unbeaten start to the campaign.

Cardiff City: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Gyepes, Naylor, Whittingham, McPhail, Koumas (Wildig 76), Olofinjana (Rae 56), Burke, Keogh. Unused substitutes: Heaton, Quinn, Blake, Matthews, Jarvis.

Hull City: Duke, Ayala, McShane, Gerrard, Dawson, Kilbane (Cairney 46), Barmby (Cullen 61), Ashbee, Garcia, Koren, Fagan (Simpson 61). Unused substitutes: Oxley, Bostock, Cooper, Devitt.

Referee: Oliver Langford (W Midlands).

Man of the match: Anthony Gerrard.

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