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Bulut 'hurt' by Cardiff's performance in Sunderland defeat

Manager Erol Bulut described Cardiff City's performance in their 2-0 defeat at home to Sunderland on Friday as one of their worst of the season.

The Bluebirds were comprehensively outplayed by a Sunderland side who recorded their first win in eight games.

This was a second successive 2-0 defeat for Cardiff, who were similarly woeful when they lost at arch rivals Swansea City before the international break.

“Today I have to be honest, from the 39 games we’ve played this season, this was one of the worst," Bulut said of the Sunderland game.

"I have to be clear about that. I didn’t like it at all.

“Until minute 12, when we conceded a penalty, everything was fine. After that, we lost totally our confidence, our playing shape. We couldn’t create.

“This is disappointing. We couldn’t wake up. We lost a lot of duels, a lot of individual mistakes were made. When you make this many mistakes, you cannot expect to win the game.

“During the international break, the players trained really well so I was expecting a much better game. To see that performance today, it hurts."