Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has criticised his players’ “unacceptable” performance as they fell to defeat against Brentford.

The recently appointed Bluebirds boss read his players the riot act at half time and was left exasperated by the start his players made to the second half.

Bryan Mbeumo gave the Bees the lead before Ollie Watkins doubles the home side’s advantage less than a minute into the second half.

Harris’ side pulled one back through a spectacular effort by Marlon Pack but an equaliser never came, condemning Cardiff to defeat.

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Speaking to Wales Online after the game, Harris said: “I don’t like losing games in the manner we did in the first 60 minutes,” Harris said after the match. “I certainly didn’t like the start of the second half, that’s unacceptable.

“Probably the first time I’ve had to raise my voice in the football club so far was at half time.

”I was disappointed the first 60 seconds of the second half. But I’ll forgive that for the reaction for the rest of the game.

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What we can’t do at this level is give teams head starts or a foothold.

“You can’t turn the ball over like we did in the first half. You can’t gift free headers like we did at the start of the second half.

“Three times in 60 seconds and the ball ends up in your net, it’s not acceptable in a Neil Harris team and it’s not acceptable in Championship football.”

The defeat – Harris’ first in five games in charge – leaves the Welsh side 9th in the league with Brentford rising to 7th.

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