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Cardiff flops set for video nasty

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones
Dave Jones has been in charge at Cardiff City since the summer of 2005

Dave Jones will show Cardiff City's battered and bruised players a video nasty of their Preston humiliation in a bid to revive their promotion push.

Cardiff were beaten 6-0 by Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday in their biggest defeat for 31 years.

Bluebirds boss Jones told his players: "We'll have a look at the video and show them what we have been doing all season to get into this position.

"Then we'll show them this game and what they didn't do."

Preston revived their own Championship play-off hopes as Alan Irvine's side inflicted Cardiff their worst defeat since September 1978 when the Bluebirds lost 7-1 to Luton Town.

Jones was clearly furious at Cardiff's capitulation as he suffered the joint biggest defeat of his managerial career alongside a 7-1 thumping to a Robbie Fowler-inspired Liverpool in 1999 when he was Southampton boss.

He criticised some of his Cardiff players after their automatic promotion bid was all but ended, saying: "Maybe one or two of the players need it.

"Maybe they thought they had already done it and talking of being on the beach in May and all this rubbish."

Striker Jay Bothroyd told a local newspaper earlier this week that he was planning "to be on a beach come the second week of May, not playing in the play-offs."

Cardiff defender Gabor Gyepes is dejected after their 6-0 defeat
We have done things today we don't do in training. We were so wide open and I didn't think we did the basics that we have been doing all season

Cardiff City manager Dave Jones

So when Cardiff were pummelled by Preston, Jones was not happy.

"Maybe it's the best thing that could have happened to us in a stupid way," he said.

"I wish it hadn't maybe it is a kick up the backside for one or two of them. Some of them just strolled about out there.

"It is a big jolt for us but maybe we can now turn a negative into a positive and get one or two back down to earth, feet on the ground and get them doing what they were doing for 40-odd games."

The fourth-placed Welshmen - whose four of their eight league defeats this term have come in the last eight weeks - had dreamed about winning automatic promotion to the Premier League.

But their humbling by Preston and second-placed Birmingham City's 1-0 victory at Watford, leaves Cardiff a seven point deficit to make up in just three games so qualifying for the play-offs seems like Jones' only promotion hope.

Cardiff top-scorer Ross McCormack's penalty miss on the stroke of half-time - Preston keeper Andy Lonergan saving the 23-goal striker's shot - when the hosts were leading 2-0 was a pivotal moment.

As within nine minutes of the restart John Parkin and Mark Kennedy's own goal had put the result beyond doubt - before goals for Chris Brown and Lee Williamson crowned a memorable day for Preston.

"We have done things today we don't do in training," said Jones. "We were so wide open.

"We just didn't turn up today. The only people who turned up were the fans, they were fantastic.

"I didn't think we did the basics that we have been doing all season.

"I don't think that Preston had to work really hard to get the result and in the second half we looked as if we were going through the motions."

Yet while Jones was hugely frustrated, his Preston counterpart Alan Irvine believed the score-line flattered his North End team.

"I don't think Cardiff deserved that," said Irvine.

"They are a terrific team full of really good players. I'm sure they will bounce back in the remaining games to come.

"If they are in the play-offs they will be formidable opponents for anybody. They are in a much better position than we are at the moment."

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