A mild-mannered Dave Jones felt Jay Bothroyd's stoppage-time `goal` against Aston Villa should have been allowed but had nothing but praise for his battling Cardiff side after their narrow 1-0 defeat.

The Bluebirds exited the Carling Cup as a result of Gabriel Agbonlahor`s early finish while James Milner also struck a post with a second-half penalty. But the main talking point for Cardiff fans at the final whistle was the raised flag which disallowed Bothroyd`s close-range finish for offside.

"I spoke to the referee and I asked the linesman about it. I was well behaved but I thought it was a goal," he said.

"He was not offside. But I know I will get many decisions for me and many against me and, because of the way we played, I am probably being a bit more diplomatic."

Jones continued: "I was very pleased with our performance, particularly after going a goal down after only three minutes. It was a big blow to us but we recovered from that and passed the ball better than at the weekend and overall everyone on my side did well."

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