Boss Mark Hammett vowed to continue working towards long-term success and a new era for Cardiff Blues after they lost out to impressive Ulster Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Second half tries from Dan Tuohy and Ian Humphreys proved decisive in a physical and brutal encounter that saw both packs unleash some huge tackles and adopt powerful driving games.
Director of Rugby Hammett spoke afterwards of his pride in the effort and desire of his Blues.
And he insisted change would take time as Blues look to climb the Guinness PRO12 table.
“It takes time to make change and we know that at Cardiff Blues,” he said. “The players know that as do the fans and the Board, but we are going to bring in a new era and change.
“We always want to win. But whether you get a couple of wins or you don’t, that is a short-term thing. I am looking long-term and at the wins throughout the week as well as obviously on the weekends.
“We know it doesn’t get any easier,” he added. “Our next two matches are Leinster and Connacht, who are doing well.
“But in terms of a team working really hard for themselves, away from what people see for 80 minutes, we will continue to do just that and now we work hard towards Leinster away.”