MALKY: THESE MEN KEEP FIGHTING
Club News12th March
Malky Mackay praised his side's 'never say die' attitude following Tuesday night's point against promotion rivals Leicester City.
The draw extends City's lead at the top of the NPower Championship to four points with a game in hand over the chasing pack.
“Being a goal down with a few minutes to go, I suppose getting the goal was a relief," said the Gaffer following the game. "But it’s just rewards in terms of the way the team kept fighting until the end.
“There are fine lines between winning and losing in this league and that never changes. Sometimes you play better and don’t win games and sometimes you play worse and do win them. That’s the consistency of this division.
"What we are still doing is picking up points and I’m pleased with my team in the way they fight to the end.”
And when asked how he felt his team were prepared ahead of the season's remaining ten games, Malky replied: “I’m in a fortunate position where I’ve got experienced people in my dressing room in terms of staff and players who have won promotion. They've won trophies - that counts - and that’s something that will make sure we stay nice and calm and focussed on the task at hand.
"We’ve got ten games to go and all my staff, players and I am doing is looking at the team directly in front of us."
Returning City skipper Mark Hudson was unfortunate to have to leave the field of play after the opening half, though the Gaffer doesn't fear any long-term consequences.
“Hudson took a separate knock tonight,” Malky confirmed. “A crack on the ankle that meant he saw himself through the end of the half but really couldn’t continue after half time.
"It’s something we will assess but it’s a short term thing. We will look at it tomorrow. I would suggest there is a good possibility that he is a doubt for Saturday, but beyond that there’s a couple of weeks of international break and he will be fine the other side of it.”