Gianfranco Zola was left disappointed last night as two red cards cost Watford something from an action-packed game in south Wales.
Watford took a 27th minute lead through Tommie Hoban, the youngster notching from close-range for his second senior goal.
The visitors looked good value for their lead, but in the second-half Daniel Pudil was dismissed for raising his hands to Bluebirds` winger, Craig Noone.
Cardiff then levelled when Jonathan Hogg was adjudged to have handled before he could get out the way of the ball`s flight. Peter Whittingham stroking home from 12 yards.
Nathaniel Chalobah was then giving his marching orders; picking up a second yellow for kicking the ball away.
Watford hung onto a point until injury-time, but in the 91st minute substitute Aron Gunnarsson bagged the winner for Malky Mackay`s side with Watford stretched at the back.
Speaking afterwards to watfordfc.com, without the benefit of seeing Pudil`s red, Zola revealed his enormous disappointment at not taking something from the game:
‘I feel sick for my players, I really do, because those that were on the pitch at the end put a hell of a lot into this match,” admitted the Hornet`s head coach.
‘I felt we could take something – more than just a draw even – from a game against a team at the top of the table tonight.”
Zola continued: ‘If we are responsible for our own downfall, and I need to see everything again first of all, then we’ve spoiled it for ourselves in all honesty.”
The Italian went on to state that Chalobah`s second yellow had been ’50/50` as the defender had not intended to hold up the game.
VitalWatford will bring you further reaction to a controversy-filled night at the Cardiff City Stadium.