Malky Mackay was understandably delighted with his Cardiff City side after their comfortable 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers took them 11 points clear of third-placed Watford on Easter Monday.
“The match was very pleasing”, said the City boss. “We knew today when the teams went up that they had a front six that was very experienced, and if we pressed them and didn’t allow them time on the ball then that would certainly be better for us.
“We ended up with 18 shots on target in the first half before Fraizer scored his header so their goal was leading a charmed life at one point. But I thought we were relentless today. All over the pitch from the goalkeeper right through to the last substitute who came on, we showed a mentality and a strength of character, and really played some good football.
“We also got a 15th clean sheet of the season which is something I’m really pleased with – but I’m delighted with the whole team performance today. We dominated from start to finish, and that probably doesn’t happen too many weeks in this division.”
Malky mixed things up for his side’s second league game in three days, as Jordon Mutch and Kim Bo-Kyung both earned starts, while Joe Mason came off the bench to score. In doing so they paid their gaffer back by staking their own claims for a first team berth.
“I’m the one that sees them in training, and Kimbo and Joe are two young, exceptional talents who I think have got big futures for Cardiff City," he continued. "I’m really excited about them, and Jordon and Craig Noone are the same. This year we’ve got players of high quality who can come in. It’s a numbers game though, as sometimes it’s hard to fit them all in.
“Mason seems to score a goal every time he plays for us, which is music to my ears. But I’ve also got Fraizer Campbell scoring goals as well, so it’s a good position to be in – sharing the goals around.”
The away allocation has long been sold out for our next game against fellow promotion contenders Watford at Vicarage Road.
And Malky is looking forward to the match against his former club, adding: “They are a club that are close to my heart. I’ve spent a lot of time there and there are good people that work at that football club.
"It’ll be great to go back there on Saturday night. Obviously it’s a big game, it’s live on television, and a sell-out so I’m sure it’ll be a smashing match.”