Jones remains upbeat
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dave Jones insists Cardiff will bounce back from their first defeat of the season at Preston.
Cardiff City manager Dave Jones insists his side will bounce back from their first defeat of the season at Preston North End.
The Championship's pace-setters went down 2-1 at Deepdale, in a match that finished 10-a-side after the dismissals of Glenn Loovens, for the visitors, and David Nugent, for the hosts.
After the first half sendings off, North End broke the deadlock through substitute Patrick Agyemang. Michael Chopra then equalised for The Bluebirds, but Danny Pugh's header shortly after the hour decided the match.
"We will get over this loss. It's how you respond to it that matters, how you keep fighting, learning and pushing on," said Jones.
"There are going to be days when it just doesn't go for you."
Jones was disappointed by the 10th minute dismissal of Loovens following a 'shoulder to shoulder' challenge on Nugent just outside the box.
"Glenn has been punished for being stronger than their boy. It was shoulder to shoulder. Anywhere else on the pitch, as the ref said, he wouldn't have given a caution," added Jones.
"There were two sendings-off that I didn't think should have really happened. We are going to make mistakes. We are a young side. So long as we bounce back from it and learn from it, we can push on".
Jones's opposite number Paul Simpson was 'chuffed' by his side's first home win of the campaign.
"I'm very satisfied, relieved, chuffed for everybody," Simpson said.
"The fans have waited for it. We have all been waiting for our first home win."
On the introduction of Agyemang, Simpson noted: "They are gambles that sometimes work for you. I felt we needed to do something.
"Patrick has got pace, strength and power. On his day, he is frightening."
Simpson admitted Nugent paid the price for an unnecessary booking.
"You know referees are going to try to do something to even it up. From where I was, it looked as if he won the ball. I may be totally wrong," added Simpson.
"His first booking was Nugent's fourth of the season. It was a bit of stupidity. These are things that 'Nuge' has to learn. He has to get it out of his game. But today was the hardest he has worked for us."