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

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Three Bears consortium criticise Rangers board over Mike Ashley loan

The Three Bears consortium have criticised Rangers' decision to shun their offer in favour of Sports Direct's £10m loan.

Transfer news: Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko happy at the club

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is happy to stay at the club, despite rumours he is a target for Arsenal.

Transfer news: Samuel Eto'o leaves Everton for Sampdoria on free transfer

Samuel Eto'o has completed his free transfer from Everton to Sampdoria on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

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