Defence not so much of a priority for Warnock
Neil Warnock and his staff will step up their search for January signings this week – but the Bluebirds boss is happy with his defence.
Speaking in the aftermath of City’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium on Tuesday, Warnock was asked if he will be heading to any games to watch specific targets.
He said: ‘Yes, we all are, four or five of us. We’ve got to, haven’t we? It’s an important part, January, and I’m hoping we can get three or four to help the lads that are here.
‘Because we’ve shown that we compete. More than Everton really, tonight, we looked a decent side after that first 10 minutes when we weathered the storm.
‘It would have been interesting if the penalty went in because that would have changed the whole complexion of the game, with the crowd and everything and the half-time teamtalk.’
Warnock has previously spoken about wanting to sign ‘three or four’ players in the upcoming window and is understood to be chasing a new striker, a central midfielder and a right-back.
But he was happy with the showing of his back four against West Ham and may not be in such a hurry to recruit defenders as he would have been last month.
‘Well I thought I’ve never seen (Felipe) Anderson as quiet this season. He ripped Newcastle to pieces and, yes, he lost Bruno [Ecuele Manga] once, but I thought [Sean] Morrison and [Sol] Bamba did well tonight, I can’t remember the strikers doing much at all,’ Warnock added.
‘I thought [Joe] Bennett had his best game of the season, so in answer to that – no. I thought the back four did alright.’