The Bluebirds were thrown back to reality after a 5-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday in Hillsborough

Mick McCarthy has admitted that the lack of goals is a problem for his Cardiff City team and suggested that other teams have now figured out how to undo their threats

The Bluebirds were thoroughly beaten up in Hillsborough in a 5-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday That result seems to have put an end to any faint play-off hopes

The utterly disappointing result is the culmination of a series of six games in which the Bluebirds, apart from the South Wales derby, have struggled to make a name for themselves at the top of the field

They’ve only scored two goals in Cardiff’s last half-dozen games.The Bluebirds’ unapologetically straightforward approach lacked the accuracy and clinical edge so badly needed to be effective, which led to the definite odds in the past Games were so small and far apart

And McCarthy suggested that he may have to return to the drawing board because his team, which once knocked down everything in front of them, are now bumping into brick walls

“Maybe teams have now realized that we are a threat, teams tried to stop us, they brought us together, and we don’t find it that easy to create opportunities

They looked completely out of step on Wednesday after their loss to Nottingham Forest on Good Friday

Up in Yorkshire the game plan just didn’t work. The long balls all the way to Kieffer Moore were stubborn and City had no platform from which to launch meaningful attacks

They considered their threat from long throw-ins the most threatening, but even if the ball fell into dangerous areas, no one had the resources to play on the flick-on or second ricochet

Jonny Williams and Leandro Bacuna’s dual playmaker option also hurt City press Kieffer Moore chased shadows forward and the two behind him got caught between hitting the defenders or falling deeper

That was a hallmark of City’s early success and was lost in the absence of a second striker

Harry Wilson’s omission also slowed City’s attacking efforts, especially given the fact that he had looked the brightest against Forest and once again impressed when he was introduced at Hillsborough

From front to back, it was a wincing day in the office but, by and large, it was a very good start to life under McCarthy

He kept City out of relegation, which was an impending threat when he took over, and even got them into play-offs

There was praise with that early form, of course, but the manager has given his players a quiet word of warning that they might get a pen or two down after that reality check at Hillsborough

“We did so well and we got toffee, smoke got our backs on us all,” added the manager

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