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Whittingham: We must go again

Cardiff midfielder Peter Whittingham says the club have to use the pain of relegation as motivation to get back into the Premier League.

The Welsh side were promoted last season but have struggled in the top flight and are currently bottom of the table with one match left.

And relegation was confirmed on Saturday, when Cardiff were defeated 3-0 at Newcastle while Sunderland secured a 1-0 victory at Manchester United.

Cardiff had their chances at St James' Park, particularly in the second-half, and Whittingham felt the manner of the defeat was symptomatic of their season.

"We're just devastated," he said. "To be honest, it wasn't just today. We haven't been good enough in most of the games this season.

"It's a hard one to take but it gives everyone the drive and incentive to go again and get back here.

"We probably haven't had the bits of luck you need to stay in this league.

"We haven't been good at times but I think today typifies it. We had some great chances, and on another day they go in, but instead it ends up looking like we were battered.

"It's tough to take. If we had equalised and got it back to 1-1, it changes the whole game,but things just haven't dropped for us this year. It's horrible.

"The fans have been brilliant all season and we are gutted we couldn't do it for them. This is really horrible for us and for them."

Asked if he thought Cardiff could bounce straight back, Whittingham said: "Yes. Most of the boys here got the club up, so we've got the core of it.

"We'll see what the manager does in the summer and everybody will go from there."

And, when asked if he would be a better player for the Premier League experience, he added: "Yes, I think everyone will be.

"It's a very tough league and it shows up if you're not good enough. Everyone needs to go back to the drawing board, start again, and hopefully get back here."