Cardiff City were held to another draw on Saturday afternoon, this time by Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough.

Here are the talking points following the match.

Bluebirds were 'Warnocked'

Perhaps the most frustrating thing for Cardiff City fans who watched through their streams was that Saturday's Middlesbrough display felt too familiar.

The Bluebirds, especially in the first half, looked the more creative of the two sides, producing better, more clear-cut chances than their opponent.

But, in true Warnock fashion, Boro popped up from nowhere to score from the set piece. How many times did that happen when he was Cardiff boss?

It was almost inevitable, really.

Going into the break, Cardiff could have felt aggrieved for being behind, but that's what Warnock teams do, hit you with a sucker punch when you least expect, or need, it.

How many times did Cardiff do that to other sides when Warnock was in charge of the Bluebirds?

Many thought Warnock's team would come out stronger in the second half, as they did when he was at the helm at Cardiff City Stadium, and they certainly shot out of the blocks after the break.

It is why we actually have to give some credit to Cardiff, who weathered the storm and produced chances as the match wore on.

But it was difficult to watch Cardiff being on the receiving end of Warnock's tried and tested tactics for the most part.

Defence letting the side down

Neil Harris was right in his criticism of the Bluebirds' defence after the game on Saturday.

Let's be frank, the goals City continue to concede, at home, are poor. They are borne of sloppy set plays or errant passes in dangerous areas of the pitch.

We can wax lyrical about how good this Cardiff attack now looks on paper, and it is an impressive line-up, but the defensive shortfalls at the minute are undermining any good work ahead of them.

We thought Cardiff were lacking that consistent creativity at the top end of the pitch in recent months, with the defence mostly rock solid.

But it appears the defence is suddenly a concern, certainly at home, because away from home it's a different story.

So pick the bones out of that one.

Let's be clear, too, it's not just the players at the back, because conceding possession has often been a problem stemming from the midfield.

Harris rightly wants Cardiff City Stadium to be a fortress but if the Bluebirds keep gifting goals that is never going to happen.

Everything needs to be better, from the ball retention to the set-piece defending. Only then can City have the base to start building a promotion challenge.

George Saville of Middlesbrough scores against Cardiff from a set piece

Osei-Tutu concern

It was encouraging to see Jordi Osei-Tutu restored to the starting line-up.

He has had an excellent start to his Cardiff career and after missing the Bournemouth game it was a happy surprise to see him return as quickly as he did.

He looked bright and busy up and down that right flank, but there was a concerned look from the touchline when he hobbled off injured in the second half.

Bluebirds fans will hope he has not done more damage, considering he is the only recognised right-back in the squad. And Harris' response after the game was not one of a happy manager.

"It looks like a hamstring again, I've not spoken to the physio but if it is I will be majorly disappointed," Harris said of Osei-Tutu's injury.

"He's come off before. You've got young players and you have to rely on players to make decisions at times and young players are going to get it wrong.

"I will have to see how he is when I go back and see my physio in a minute."

Let's just hope he didn't return to action too soon and it won't put him out for any considerable period of time - especially given the hectic fixture pile up Cardiff have.

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Picking out the positives - and a selection dilemma

I am conscious that this is beginning to sound like Cardiff City lost the match. They didn't!

It just feels like an opportunity missed, hence the lowered tone.

But there are three or four positives which spring to mind after that display and they should not be shoved to one side.

Firstly, another big performance from Joel Bagan which only serves to reinforce what a cool customer he is. He kept a tricky customer in Marcus Tavernier quiet for large parts of the game and popped up with a few more crucial interventions when running back towards his own goal.

It would be great to see him grow in confidence and really affect the game at the other end of the pitch, too, because he has a sweet left foot and is capable of delivering a fearsome cross.

It was good, too, to see Neil Warnock make a beeline for him at the end of the game and have a nice chat. Warnock told us journalists towards the end of his reign that a young left-back in the academy was a 'proper player' and one to watch out for.

He was, of course, referring to Bagan, so that was a nice touch.

Secondly, Josh Murphy's bright display is definitely a big tick in the positive box.

He made so many runs and produced moments of excitement with his neat footwork.

It can also be overlooked, too, how often he tests the keeper with venomous strikes from range. He perhaps has the best shot in the Cardiff City squad, although Will Vaulks can hit them, too.

That brings another dimension and let's hope he is back to full fitness, because Murphy is a big asset to that forward line.

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Sheyi Ojo bagging another goal is also a big plus. Some supporters, as they do with Murphy, are quick to jump on his back, but he is really starting to show what he is capable of in a City shirt.

He scored a wonderful goal at Preston and showed against Boro he can score the scrappy ones, too. He will lose the ball, yes, but he will create, too, and that definitely outweighs the negatives.

Lastly, but certainly not least, was Robert Glatzel's cameo display. He had a hand in the goal with a neat touch in a goalmouth scramble and his link-up play was genuinely brilliant when we came on.

It was encouraging to see him on the pitch at the same time with Kieffer Moore and we saw a glimpse of how the two of them can dovetail together.

That's two solid outings from Glatzel and Harris has food for thought in terms of selection ahead of the midweek clash with Derby County.