Neil Critchley's side might well feel hard done by, having dominated possession for large stretches of the game, but ultimately it was the Bluebirds' strength of the break that saw them secure the three points.
Speaking after the match, the Seasiders manager gave his verdict on scoreline, and revealed: “It was a tough day at the office, I’ve got no qualms with the result.
“Cardiff made us play their type of game, we didn’t deal with it all the time in the first-half. They get the ball forward early, they get the ball in the box and they make it very difficult for you - and we found it difficult.
“We still had one or two moments ourselves, but the quality we produced throughout the game wasn’t there. When you get a chance to play, you’ve got to keep the ball and pass the ball better to make it your style of game and we didn’t do it well enough.”
He continued: “We spoke about a few things at half-time but I’d have to say the first 10 to 15 minutes of the first-half, there was no change, which was worrying. They score from a long throw, which can happen, and then we showed a really good response.
“I said to the players if it’s 0-0 after 65 minutes we’ll get on top because they will lose a bit of energy, the game will open up and we’ll start to dictate.
“The game would have followed the same pattern, although it would have been better had it been 0-0.
We’ve gathered the best of today’s transfer speculation below…
5. Luton target coy on speculatuon
Luton Town transfer target Tayo Edun has batted away suggestions he could leave Lincoln Town in the current transfer window, insisting he only wants to discuss on-the-field matters. He provided an assist for his side in their 2-1 win over Fleetwood Town last weekend. (The 72)
Photo: George Wood
6. Swans hope to keep skipper
Swansea boss Russell Martin has reiterated his desire to hang onto star midfielder Matt Grimes, amid interest from the likes of Watford and Fulham. The Swans skipper has played all 180 minutes of his side's league season so far. (talkSPORT)
Photo: Dan Mullan
7. Lowe set to join Swans
Sheffield United defender Max Lowe could be set to move to Swansea City on loan. The £3.5m man, who was capped extensively for England at youth level, is not believed to be in his manager's plans for the current season. (The Sun)
Photo: JON SUPER
8. Cottagers link with Portuguese midfielder
Fulham could be set to chase Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Paz, according to reports in Portugal. The 23-year-old could be allowed to leave on a free transfer, with a buy-back clause inserted in the deal to ensure they can re-sign the player cheaply if needs be. (Record)
Photo: Steve Bardens