City Boss happy as side secure further away success
praised his squad for their guile and aptitude in taking another away Barclays Premier League point at Stoke City on Wednesday evening.Malky Mackay
The Bluebirds have now accumulated six points on the road ahead of Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace, with only three of their seven games away from Cardiff City Stadium having ended in defeat.
Speaking at his post-match media conference, the Gaffer said: "We've come to another very tough place, been very resilient and been well worthy of a point.
"I think we managed to restrict Stoke to one attempt on target with a couple ourselves. It was a great save late on from their goalkeeper. I'm happy with my team and the way they played.
"It was a physical game. There are going to be a lot of balls up to someone who's 6ft 7in [Stoke striker, Peter Crouch] and they're a big, strong team. We had to make sure we matched that if we were then going to go and play football the way we did.
"Clean sheets are the basis for picking up points in this league and I'm delighted we picked up another one. That's Premier League points taken against four of the teams around us now – Hull, Fulham, Norwich and here at Stoke.”
In a game of few chances, there were certainly talking points – notably for the Bluebirds a controversial moment concerning Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam and another involving a waved away penalty protest following an apparent trip on Fraizer Campbell.
"If you lay hands on somebody and it's not going to be a sending off then it certainly warrants a booking,” said Malky in response to the first incident. “I suppose Charlie Adam was lucky to stay on the pitch in that case [having been booked for an earlier incident]."
And in reference to the penalty claim, Malky added:"The officials seemed to suggest it was a tangle of legs but I was looking at it and Fraizer actually nicked in and got in front of him and was getting to the ball. At the time I absolutely thought it was a penalty."