Cardiff City Stadium

Next Game

Cardiff v Blackpool

Saturday, 25 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Cardiff City Stadium

Last Game

Cardiff 0 - 0 Millwall

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Mackay: Slow start was costly

Malky Mackay was left to rue a slow start to the season as Cardiff City's Premier League bow ended in defeat at West Ham United.

Last Updated: 17/08/13 at 18:55 Post Comment

Malky Mackay: Looking to stay positive after Upton Park setback

Malky Mackay: Looking to stay positive after Upton Park setback

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Bluebirds were making their first top flight appearance in more than 50 years at Upton Park, but the occasion appeared to get the better of them.

Mackay was reluctant to offer stage fright as an excuse at the final whistle, but admits his side must take important lessons from a 2-0 reversal in the capital.

He told Sky Sports: "I don't know if it was the weight of expectation, but we certainly started slowly.

"We knew that we were going to be up against a good team today, an experienced team that were playing in front of their own fans in a big atmosphere.

"For the first 10-15 minutes when they scored their goal, and it was a clinical goal, we certainly started slowly. I thought after that, for the next half an hour, we were excellent.

"We probably took that into the second half and for the first half an hour of the second half we had plenty of the ball and at times looked quite good.

"It's about being clinical. They had one (chance) in the second half, we had one in the second half, and they scored and we missed ours.

"Overall, I can't be too hard on my players because I thought they played well."

Pressed on whether he is planning to dip back into the transfer market before the summer window closes, with Cardiff reported to have money to spend, Mackay added: "You have got to spend it in the correct manner, you have got to spend it on certain players.

"If a good player comes up then we might have a chance. But it's not just about spending money, it's about making sure we spend at the correct time and the correct man comes in here, and we're competing with huge teams for that."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen a players ability sinks to less than SWP's, but his value accelerates to more than £50m you know you must be in the comments section of an article about a Liverpool player leaving.

goober
Sterling Case For Leaving 'Bigger' Club

I

ll never forget Matt Stanger on Scott Dann on the transfer blog. I've always rated Dann since his time at Brum, and some newspaper had him going to a biggish club after Blackburn's relegation. A ball playing defender, Stanger mused, quoting. Pah. He's a godawful hoofer .

arexrarris
F365's Top Ten Unheralded Players Of The Season

T

o be fair, one of the reasons its so difficult for certain clubs to get close to Real Madrid or Barcelona is once they have a player who is good enough to compete against the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona, they f*ck off, usually to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

hump3.
Simeone baffled by PL failure

Footer 365

Radamel Falcao could still make Manchester United move permanent

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev claims Manchester United could still sign Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal.

Liverpool and Standard Chartered extend shirt deal until 2019

Liverpool have renewed their sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered Bank which now runs until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Jurgen Klopp not a West Ham target, says Karren Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says reports that the club have approached Jurgen Klopp to take over as manager are "nonsense".

Mail Box

Bentaleb Should Be On Unheralded List...

Nabil Bentaleb could be as good as Luka Modric, says one Tottenham fan. We also have lots of mails on Chelsea's style as well as Raheem Sterling's price tag...

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company