Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said his side had given a good account of themselves in their 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
Substitute James Milner ensured Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table as they struck the latest blow in their titanic title race with Manchester City.
Milner’s nerveless 81st-minute penalty sealed a 2-0 victory at relegation-haunted Cardiff on Sunday to ease the Reds back above City, who had regained top spot with their revenge win over Tottenham a little more than 24 hours earlier.
Georginio Wijnaldum broke the deadlock 12 minutes after the restart, but it was Milner’s penalty after Bluebirds skipper Sean Morrison had been adjudged to have fouled Mohamed Salah which ended the home side’s hopes of a fightback.
Warnock told Sky Sports: “I think we did really well, we played against a team without a weakness really. We tried to play on the front foot and give them a good game but one or two things didn’t go for us.
“Yes Morrison had his arms around him and gave the referee the opportunity to give it but the last bit of the penalty shout was like a 9.9 dive really wasn’t it?
“It’s a nothing penalty really, the ref didn’t have to give it. I think we should’ve had a penalty at the other end for a shirt pull on Morrison.
“We’ve got three tough games left. I don’t think we’ve had the rub of the green in the last few weeks. We could’ve gone under today but we kept fighting right to the end.”