Mackay: Fantastic to a man

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay hailed his side's performance after watching them claim a famous 3-2 win over Manchester City to open their Premier League account.

Last Updated: 26/08/13 at 07:09 Post Comment

Fraizer Campbell was the hero for Cardiff with two late headers to earn the home side the three points after Aron Gunnarsson cancelled out Edin Dzeko's opener.

Alvaro Negredo's late strike set up a tense finale, but Cardiff held on to record a memorable victory and Mackay felt his side deserved the win.

"They were fantastic to a man, disciplined, did their job today and deservedly won the game," Mackay told Sky Sports 1HD.

Mackay also had special words of praise for Campbell for scoring twice with headers from corners.

"I think he gave Javi Garcia a very tough time during the game," added Mackay.

"We worked hard on our set-pieces and we have got good players in there that can aggressively attack the ball as long as the ball comes in with quality and Fraizer's like that

"We had good movement and fantastic crosses coming in and that is something that is difficult to defend for anyone."

Mackay was happy with his side's discipline as they dealt with whole occasion as Cardiff City welcomed back top flight football for the first time in 51 years.

"It's about being professional and not being caught up because we've got a fantastic crowd here. And for the first time in our history we're in the Premier League playing against a team who we go a goal down against and they only lost one game last year from being a goal down and they've got a tremendous clean-sheet record and we knew that it was going to be tough at that point, but we remained disciplined, organised and I felt there was a lot of belief in our ability today."

"I knew that they were never going to let their guard down and go to the last minute.

"We were playing against top, top players. I've spoken to the boys about how proud they should be because they deserve to be here and they deserve to be out there playing against these top players and it is about belief and believing in your own ability

"I thought tactically the players out there did an incredible job today and deservedly won the game."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

De Gea: United 'cannot' fail

David De Gea says that Manchester United must qualify for the Champions League next season "no matter what".

Lucas ready to make an impact

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is looking to recapture what he considers his best form in two years after recovering from injury.

Mats Hummels denies promising to join Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has denied making any promise to join Manchester United.

Mail Box

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

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