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Malky Mackay was a manager in a deservedly contented mood following the three nil win over Blackpool - the result notching the fourth consecutive home victory for Cardiff City. It's the first time we've seen such an impressive home return since the 1959/60 season.
"It's a really big win for us today," he said after the game. "Blackpool remain one of the teams who I think will be up there at the top end of the table at the end of the season. They are a very dangerous team with lots of experience, so I'm delighted with the result and our performance today. We executed our game plan and the decision making was first class.
"Blackpool were always going to have a lot of the ball and lots of possession. But I thought when we had possession we looked impressive also, which was important. For us today it was a case of picking the right option, which we didn't always do to make it more. But I'm not going to be greedy; we had a clean sheet and scored three goals against a very good side. I'm delighted with that.
"It was important not to give away stupid errors, which is what we did uncharacteristically at Crystal Palace last week. It wasn't anything other than that last time out, so I'm glad that we maintained composure and held firm today. Our decision making was excellent especially in the second half. We kept the ball for long periods and switched play very well. The pitch is lovely here, the stadium is getting good numbers and the crowd are really getting behind the team, helping them no end, keeping us competitive. It's consistency that we want to keep running. I have to give credit to my whole team today; it's difficult to pick out any individual names as the overall team performance was outstanding."
In closing Malky referenced Tommy Smith, who was forced off with an injury in the first half.
"Tommy turned inside and felt a tightness in his hamstring," the Cardiff City boss confirmed. "We'll look at that on Sunday along with the other knocks and bruises in the camp."