DAN Gosling admitted Cherries’ lack of attacking edge against Cardiff had been “surprising”.

The Dorset side enjoyed 73 per cent of possession against the Premier League strugglers but were sunk by a Bobby Reid double.

Cherries created few chances of note at Cardiff City Stadium with Andrew Surman and Nathan Ake going the closest.

Midfielder Gosling told the Daily Echo: “I thought we were okay with the ball at times but we never really threatened their goal.

“Everything was in front and we found it difficult to break them down.

“We never really looked liked scoring, which is unusual for us with all our attacking play and the amount of one-v-ones we had.

“We didn’t really threaten their goal and that was the most surprising thing.”

Reid struck early in both halves and Gosling added: “We never gave ourselves a chance to win the game.

“Five minutes in, goal. Sixteen seconds into the second half, goal. At 2-0 down it was hard to come back.

“We shot ourselves in the foot by conceding the penalty.

“We came out for the second half and 20 seconds in, the plan had gone out of the window.

“Even after that, we still had to be better. But it didn’t look as if we were going to come back.”