Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham 'gutted' after Ipswich defeat

Peter Whittingham

Midfielder Peter Whittingham insists Cardiff City were not thinking about next Sunday's Carling Cup final at Wembley after losing 3-0 at Ipswich.

The defeat was Cardiff's heaviest loss of the season, coming a week before the Carling Cup final against Liverpool.

And Whittingham conceded Cardiff's performance at Portman Road was "not good enough."

"The boys would have taken a win here and a loss at Wembley," he said.

"The boys weren't even thinking about Wembley before the game and that's probably what makes it more heart wrenching.

"It's a big game for us but we're all thinking about Ipswich at the minute and how gutted we are."

Defeat at Portman Road was Cardiff's third loss in their last four Championship games, a run which Whittingham admits is a concern.

And the former Aston Villa player says the Bluebirds will have to kick-start their promotion campaign once their Carling Cup commitments are over.

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"It's a really hard league and you go to place like Ipswich that maybe haven't done that well but they've picked up recently," he said.

"To get some performances together and some wins is going to be hard.

"But we're going to have to kick back on. We've got a couple of big games coming up with West Ham.It's going to be really hard games [but] we have to bounce back."

Whittingham acknowledged Cardiff were not at their best against Paul Jewell's side, who secured victory with two goals from Lee Martin and a Michael Chopra strike.

"We gave away some sloppy goals, never really got going and [we were] really not good enough," he added.

"It's really annoying to come off the back of the performance against Peterborough and come here and really offer nothing.

"It's really devastating for us and we're absolutely gutted."

Cardiff's miserable afternoon was compounded by referee Simon Hooper's decision not to send off home goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett during the opening 10 minutes.

Former Cardiff keeper Barrett was only shown a yellow card for a foul on Joe Mason, a decision which Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay believed "changed the course of the game.

"I remember speaking to the ref straight after and he said 'he's going away from goal and there's a couple of players back," Whittingham said.

"If you take him out of the equation it's still a goal scoring chance. I really don't know where he [the referee] is coming from.

"But at the end of the day he's been prepped on it and that's what happens when Joe goes through and the keeper takes him out.

"We're going to have to stick by the rules."

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