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

I

d like to add players who push their team-mates out of the way to celebrate on their own

exhausted
The Ten Most Hated Things In Football

I

f I were Manuel Pellegrini I would keep quiet and hope the Board didn't notice City not winning anything. If he isn't sacked I'd be astonished.

lfcfan80
Pellegrini: I won't be sacked

S

till I suppose it still gives him at least another year in the job. By the time it comes around , he can always make up another excuse. First it was 3 months , then a year .....Next year ? Whats his excuse with Van Persie ?

spud1
Di Maria 'could peak next year'

Footer 365

Boro claim top spot as Derby lose

Middlesbrough became the new Championship leaders as they took advantage of Derby's latest slip by beating Millwall 3-0.

Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom: Benteke's late show helps end Villa's long wait for a win

Tim Sherwood recorded his first win as Aston Villa boss as Christian Benteke's late penalty helped beat West Brom 2-1.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace: Sadio Mane's late strike keeps Saints in the hunt for fourth

Sadio Mane struck late at St Mary's to give Southampton a crucial 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

There Are Mitigating Circumstances For LVG

One Mailboxer is admant there are mitigating circumstances to LVG's struggles at Manchester Utd and he offers his four signings for next season...

LVG Stick Needs A Little Context...

LVG's rough ride from the media needs some context - then you would understand, while the Mailbox urges Nabil Bentaleb to go down...

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