MX23RW : Wednesday, February 24 19:57:51| >> :600:97666:97666:

Neil Harris: 'Cardiff City future out of my hands'

Neil Harris: 'Cardiff City future out of my hands'
© Reuters
Chris Willock scored the only goal as Mark Warburton's side triumphed 1-0 in the Welsh capital.

Neil Harris admitted his Cardiff future is out of his hands after a 1-0 loss to QPR made it six straight defeats for the Welsh side.

Harris guided the Bluebirds to last season's Championship play-offs but his team have been awful so far this term and are 15th following their latest reversal.

Chris Willock's first QPR goal won it for Mark Warburton's visitors.

"The outside noise and questions marks over my future are something I completely understand but can't control. I will leave that to the powers that be above me and the board," Harris said.

"I've shown in my managerial career given time I've been successful. We're not always given time and the pressure is on if I'm being honest because of the expectation of the football club.

"What I can control is picking the players up. Results haven't been good enough, but my professional pride means I want to win and I'll be the first in the building tomorrow."

Cardiff are underachieving badly and Harris is now clinging to his job.

He opted for an attacking diamond formation against QPR in a bid to find goals and get his team back on track with Harry Wilson playing behind Kieffer Moore and debutant Max Watters.

But Cardiff lacked consistent creativity in the final third although QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng did produce a series of excellent stops.

Dieng denied another Cardiff debutant in Perry Ng with a smart low save at the end of the first half, but his best effort came when he palmed over Leandro Bacuna's powerful free-kick late on.

Harris added: "I'm gutted. It was a typical Championship game and scrappy at times. There were not a huge amount of chances and I'm really disappointed we couldn't find that killer moment in both boxes. We've lost five league games in a row and it's hugely disappointing.

"It's never happened to me before and the players are low on confidence after that."

Former Arsenal and Benfica man Willock scored the game's only goal when he was given too much room by the Cardiff defence and slotted past Alex Smithies.

QPR manager Warburton said: "I'm really, really pleased. It's a tough place to come. The double save in the first half from our goalkeeper was outstanding. He was reassuring and had presence. That will give the team so much confidence and it's another clean sheet.

"Neil did a great job to get to the play-offs last year and it's a tough, tough division. You can lose one or two players and get a run of defeats. Neil is a very good manager and he's got a very good squad.

"I've no doubt they will be higher up come the end of the season – he just needs time. It's a commodity managers and coaches are never given, but he needs time."


Click here for more stories about Neil Harris

Click here for more stories about Cardiff City

How you voted: Cardiff vs QPR

Cardiff City
Queens Park Rangers
Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke pictured in January 2021
Read Next:
Wednesday's Championship predictions including Norwich City vs. Bristol City
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
1Norwich CityNorwich32207545252067
4Swansea CitySwansea30169537191857
8Cardiff CityCardiff321381146331347
10Stoke CityStoke32111293734345
12Bristol City32133163243-1142
13Blackburn RoversBlackburn31117134334940
14Queens Park RangersQPR301010103034-440
15Preston North EndPreston32124163442-840
16Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest32109132731-439
17Luton TownLuton31108132435-1138
18Derby CountyDerby31107142432-837
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield32106163847-936
20Coventry CityCoventry32811132942-1335
21Birmingham CityBirmingham32710152340-1731
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham3085173341-829
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds3197152133-1228
24Wycombe WanderersWycombe3158182351-2823

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!