Premier League: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Abu Dhabi trip cancellation is not punishment

Last Updated: 24/02/14 8:00am

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Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he has not cancelled the squad's warm-weather training trip to Abu Dhabi as a punishment to his under-performing players.

The Bluebirds were due to travel to the Middle East on Sunday to give them maximum preparation time for their trip to fifth-placed Tottenham next weekend.

But after watching his team get routed 4-0 by Hull City - the club's biggest home defeat since losing by the same scoreline to Cambridge United 14 years ago - Solskjaer changed his mind in favour of some intensive domestic preparation.

"We are not going away," the Norwegian revealed. "We are staying here. I cancelled it after the game.

"It is not punishment. We want to keep everyone together as a group. We need to regroup and to train."

In their first Barclays Premier League season, the Bluebirds sit 19th in the table, with 11 games left to secure their place in English football's top flight.

They had several chances against the Tigers but drew a blank for the third league game in a row.

The visitors soaked up the pressure and repeatedly punished Cardiff on the break.

Former Molde boss Solskjaer could draw only a few positives from the thrashing.

"You can always try to find positives, but it is not easy when you lose 4-0," he said. "You can look at the shots and possession we had, but it is about scoring goals and keeping them out at the other end. We didn't do that."

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