MALKY HAILS CITY CHARACTER
Cardiff City move to within two points off top following Hull win.
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heaped praise on his Cardiff City side following the character shown in Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Hull City. Malky Mackay
"I think we played against a very good team here today," the Gaffer began in his post match interview. "We knew we were going to play a good side, one that has won five out of six games and play a different shape and make you think about different problems. We started like a house on fire and I think for half an hour, until Kevin McNaughton went off, looked like we could have scored two, three, four goals. Every time the ball went into the box we looked like we could score.
"Helguson was so brave with his header, but that doesn’t surprise me. What surprises me even less is that five minutes later he has two bandages up his nose and he is going into aerial challenges with Abdoulaye Faye, and winning them. For me he is the bravest player player I have ever benn involved with and worked with. I am delighted for him, and that is why he is an Icelandic international with fifty caps.
"We obviously had to change our shape (following McNaughton's injury), moving a player who was playing well in midfield in to right back, which doesn’t help. That allows a good team to have their fifteen minutes, which they did. I thought second half we went on the front foot and didn’t give them a breath. We created even more chances. Whittingham has hit he bar a couple of times, Hudson missed two or three and Mason has missed two or three. I always thought the second goal was coming.
(In reference to Mark Hudson's performance) "It is not something that surprises me. I received questions querying Mark Hudson and his worth to the football club. You will not see his worth to the football club until he leaves the football club, and that will not be under me. He has had fifteen months under me where he has been exceptional both on and off the pitch. He leads by example and scores important goals for our football club.
"There is a third of the season gone and I am proud of the players we have got here. I love working with them every day and we are going to have knocks, but myself and my staff know the true worth of that group in there and the way that they work for each other, and the talent they have got.
"We have the best record in English football at home. To be a couple of points off the top of the table at this stage and to be the highest scorers in the division is superb. I will not let up on them but I am so proud of them. We will keep trying to be as consistent as we can, for as long as we can."