Cardiff City were defeated for the fifth time in a row on Saturday afternoon, when high-flying Norwich City came away from the Welsh capital with all three points.

Grant Hanley headed home the visitors' first inside three minutes before Todd Cantwell lashed home the second 20 minutes later.

The Bluebirds produced a spirited second-half display, which saw Joe Ralls pull one back, but Marlon Pack's sending off made the task more difficult and, ultimately, Neil Harris' side fell to defeat.

Here, we go through some of the talking points from Saturday's defeat.

Neil Harris urges fans to 'stick with us'

There is no point in sugar-coating it, Neil Harris is under big pressure.

Cardiff City's first half of the season has been a big disappointment to all associated with the club and the manager knows this is a results-based industry.

This club's fans expect their team, especially with the squad which has been assembled, to be fighting in the top six. At the time of writing, though, the Bluebirds are 11 points off sixth place, having won only eight of their 23 Championship matches this term.

This miserable run of form - they have lost six of their last seven matches in all competitions - is doing nothing to quieten fans' anger and they voiced as much when Harris said after the game he was 'proud' of a 'top' performance against the Canaries, despite the defeat.

Norwich are, of course, top of the league and a cut above in this division. Anyone who points to them having nine players out is perhaps skewing the numbers slightly, because only Teemu Pukki and Tim Krul, really, would have been in that starting XI.

But while few would expect a patchwork Cardiff City to beat the league's best team, the worsening form was always going to lead to more disquiet among fans.

And Harris, when asked to give a message to Bluebirds supporters, urged them to stick with the team as he insisted there was light at the end of the tunnel.

"Fans, everyone has got an opinion. I have got an opinion," he began. "It's my opinion when it comes to team selection and tactics.

"With the fans, I've got to ask for patience in the group. Not just in me, in my players. Be patient with my players, we've got a centre mid playing at right back, a left back playing at centre half and a 19-year-old playing against international players who are worth tens of millions.

"Don't be frustrated off the back of today, frustrated with the season because of the expectation we built off the back of last season.

"Stick with us, is the message, we will get better, but we need some luck as well."

Harris said Cardiff had "not been dealt a good hand" over the last few months when it comes to injuries.

But with the signing of Max Watters, a defender seemingly imminent and the welcome return of Kieffer Moore and potentially Sean Morrison for QPR, the manager hopes a corner can be turned quickly.

"Once we get people in the building and fit again, we are going to be a match for anybody and I can see us really charging up the league," Harris said.

That certainly does need to happen, and quickly, because Wednesday's clash with QPR now appears to take on great importance in terms of where it leaves Harris.

Wilson frustration and Kieffer boost

If you conducted a survey upon completion of the previous transfer window, I would guess supporters would have been split over who they were more excited to see in a Cardiff City shirt; Kieffer Moore or Harry Wilson.

If anything, given what Wilson had done in the Premier League with Bournemouth, the diminutive winger might have been the fans' choice for the X-factor player who was going to make a huge impact for City and drive them up the table.

While he has undoubtedly produced some moments of real quality in a Bluebirds shirt, too often he has gone missing in games where Cardiff have needed him to really produce, just as Lee Tomlin did so often last term.

With just seconds on the clock on Saturday, Wilson was presented with a gilt-edged chance, a one on one, unmarked, to put Cardiff in the lead. He fluffed his lines. He took an awful touch and it dribbled into the goalkeeper's hands.

A minute later Norwich scored the opener. Who knows how important that big Wilson miss really was.

Three goals and five assists in 18 outings is not an especially meagre return by any stretch, and it is testament to his talent that supporters perhaps expected more, but fans hoped he would take far more games by the scruff of the neck and it just has not happened.

And, yes, some will say Cardiff "don't play to his strengths", the same is used to defend Robert Glatzel's impotency, too, but at some stage you just have to go out and do it. Make something happen.

Contrast that with Kieffer Moore, whose return was a massive boost for Cardiff on Saturday.

He looked a real handful when he came on, just as he did before he sustained his hamstring injury against Swansea City.

It really highlighted the gulf between Moore and Glatzel at the minute and just how much more effective Cardiff can be with the Welshman in the ranks.

He, in contrast to both Wilson and Glatzel to an extent, seizes the initiative. Moore tells players where he wants the ball and they give it to him. He runs at defenders and he links up play, too.

Moore has hit the ground running at Cardiff, Wilson has done well at times but there is a sense that there is far more to come from him.

New boy Watters ready to go

Given the above, one would have to think Max Watters, the new signing from Crawley Town who was announced half an hour before kick-off, slots straight in as No.2 striker, or certainly battling for that spot.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a tremendous breakthrough season with Crawley, scoring 16 goals in 18 games in all competitions, and adds a dimension which Cardiff have sorely lacked up front.

Watters is, by all accounts, a running, off-the-shoulder sort of striker, quick and with an eye for goal when presented with a chance.

He is someone who could dovetail nicely with Moore, similarly to how Mark Harris did earlier in the season, and Glatzel now really has to start looking over his shoulder.

"I'm really pleased," Harris said of Watters' signing. "The club have said for a long time, since they brought me in, they want to change the philosophy of signing players.

"We have to get the balance between having experienced players and younger players coming through.

"Max has had a very good first half of the season at Crawley, come from nowhere to score goals and he is a young player I'm excited to work with as my track record shows bringing centre forwards on to be better players.

"That's the way the club wants to go and I support that with this signing.

"Max comes in and we look forward to having him on the training pitch on Monday.

"There is no huge expectation on his shoulders. There is no overnight change, going from League Two to the Championship, so we have to be patient as well, but he comes straight into the first-team fold and trains with us on Monday."

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Now or never for City's season

The pressure is on now and everyone knows it. If Cardiff are going to be a top-six side come the end of the season, the next couple of weeks are massive.

The Bluebirds' next eight fixtures all represent massive opportunities for them to pick up points and really rocket up the league.

With players returning, and the potential hope for new signings, there are some really winnable games on the horizon and Neil Harris has to win a good chunk of them to give himself and Cardiff a shot at salvaging this season.

QPR, Barnsley and Millwall are the next three fixtures and the Bluebirds have to be targeting upwards of seven points from them.

There is then the potential banana skin of a Severnside derby with Bristol City, but certainly winnable, before Rotherham, Coventry, Luton and then Preston. There are some very favourable fixtures in there and a good stretch now where Cardiff simply have to be picking up points.

Patience is wearing thin and this upcoming, month-long stretch is make-or-break time for Cardiff.