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Cardiff will recover, vows Jones

Dave Jones
Dave Jones says Arsenal did not have much to be judged against

Cardiff City boss Dave Jones says his side will bounce back from the 4-0 defeat to Arsenal in which some players were lucky to be left on the field.

Jones said Cardiff's poor show meant Arsenal could not be accurately judged.

"Most of them [Cardiff's players] got their 90 minutes, but some of them were lucky to stay on for 90 minutes to be fair," said Jones.

He added: "It's hard to judge Arsenal by how good they were because I don't think they were up against much."

According to Jones the Championship promotion challengers were unusually off-form, but he admitted Arsene Wenger's side were clinical in punishing the FA Cup fourth-round replay visitors to Emirates Stadium.

Jones said: "We know we've let ourselves down, let our fans down, but it can be a massive wake-up call for you because maybe we thought we were on such a good run that we were just going to be allowed to do what we wanted.

"But we couldn't string two passes together. We couldn't control anything, which isn't like us. It's unusual for us.

"The last time we did that we did go on a run. Hopefully that will be the same now.

"The longer the game was going on, I just wanted to try and give them as long as I possibly could on the pitch because you can't get away from the fact that we did look very rusty and everything else.

"I think you've got to judge Arsenal on a different day. How good were they at Ninian [Park] because the same [Cardiff] team didn't turn up and that's difficult.

"You can only play what's in front of you and Arsenal did their job and did it clinically and sometimes you've just got to eat that and swallow it and spit it out and start again and that's what we'll do."

The Bluebirds travel to Wolverhampton on Sunday as they bid for promotion to the Premier League.

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