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Neil Warnock furious with referee in Cardiff City's loss to Birmingham

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock was left furious with the referee after he didn't award a penalty to the league leaders during their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City.

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In the past Cardiff have not found St. Andrew's a happy hunting ground and this game was not an exception as they slipped to only their second defeat of the season.

In the 14th minute, the Bluebirds were powerless to keep out a persistent Che Adams.

He gained possession way out on the left from goalkeeper

Neil Etheridge's clearance and showing great determination went on a solo run fully focused on making his way towards the Cardiff goal.

The Cardiff defence retreated as Adams created space for himself to fire home a low, raking shot to the left of Etheridge.

It was a terrific boost for Birmingham under their new management team and the goal was certainly a big lift in their present circumstances.

Cardiff resolutely attempted to play themselves back into contention with Joe Ralls setting up several good moves.

But Birmingham had their tails up and resolutely fought for everything.

The Welsh club's best chance of an equaliser came when Junior Hoilett cut in from the right only to fire wide.

Birmingham took their newly-acquired attacking policy into the second half but were forced to hang on as Cardiff battered the home side in their unsuccessful bid to grab an equaliser.

Birmingham City's Che Adams celebrates scoring against the Bluebirds. Credit: PA

For the first half hour they came out of the traps.

This is what we expected with a new manager. I thought one or two people, who should have known better, were sluggish. In the last few minutes before half-time we got into the game.

In the second half I thought we could have won the game. I am disappointed we didn't have a penalty. Joe Bennett had his head kicked off in the box. Apparently the referee said if it had occurred any other part of the pitch he would have given a foul.

I don't understand that and I thought the referee was very poor. We deserved better official-wise but from Birmingham's point of view they were delighted.

– Neil Warnock, Cardiff City manager