Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy was convinced Jefferson Lerma should have been dismissed during his side's defeat at the hands of Bournemouth on Saturday.

However, he admits City were outclassed by the Cherries at the Cardiff City Stadium on what was another difficult afternoon.

After turning in a below par performance against Coventry on Wednesday night, Cardiff similarly struggled to find their spark against the Cherries, who were good value for their three points in south Wales.

However, the Cherries were perhaps lucky not to go down to 10 men shortly before Philip Billing's opener, with Lerma scything down Ciaron Brown with an overly zealous challenge.

"I’ve just seen the Lerma tackle and I’ve told the ref to have a look at it," McCarthy said.

"It’s a red card in my mind, he’s gone over the ball and when they see that on the video they will agree with me.

"I’m not saying for a minute that he meant it, but if you go in like that without control and you catch a player on the shin then it’s a red card.

"The referee made his decision, I’m not complaining, we all get things wrong, but it’s not easy when you concede afterwards."

The result condemns Cardiff to their fourth defeat in five games, but McCarthy insists he isn't concerned about the possibility of heads dropping inside the dressing room, with all the focus now turning to Blackburn Rovers.

Asked if he was worried about the possibility of heads dropping, he replied: "Not really no. We've got really good senior players, and I guess the one head that shouldn't drop is the manager and the staff.

"We won't. We're consistent in our behaviour and how we treat them and how they work and that keeps the ship going."

The big positive was perhaps that Cardiff stood up reasonably well to Bournemouth's attacking talents, which McCarthy rates as some of the very best in the league.

However, he admits he is disappointed by the apparent lack of attacking threat from his own side, with star striker Kieffer Moore once again enduring a quiet day at the office.

"They [Bournemouth] are an almost perfect Championship team," he added.

"They’re athletic and they have good footballers, they’re big and powerful and they can play so it was always going to be a tough as for us.

"For 55 minutes I was delighted with how we set up to frustrate them. We blinked once, they played through us and we’ve been done.

"But in fairness to the lads, they kept going and fought until the end which I can’t fault.

"It’s always disappointing when you lose. But I said to the players that we won’t be playing against them every week; they will be near the top. That’s the standard.

"Our only problem is that even though we managed to stop them, we created very little until the end of the game."