'Intelligent' Bluebirds please Malky

07 April 2013 11:10
Manager's comments from Vicarage Rd.

"I'm very pleased with the intelligence of my team's performance," Malky Mackay said.

"We came away from home and kept a clean sheet against the highest scorers in the league. But for Troy's (Deeney) header and a good save, I thought we kept them very quiet.

"We kept a clean sheet, it's our 16th of the season, I thought we started really well, we passed it really well and in the second half they obviously had to come at us and were chasing us. They were at home, they needed to win. So I thought it was a real dogged and intelligent second half in terms of the way we played and stopped the spaces in behind us.

"You can always create chances, you can always lose goals. I thought (Manuel) Almunia made a fantastic save in the first half from Kim (Bo-kyung) and David Marshall made a great save from Deeney in the second half."

Mackay added: "To be challenging at the top of the league I think you need a bit of everything in this league. You need experience, you need energy, you need youth, you need goalscorers, you need clean sheets, you need a mixture of it all."

Gianfranco Zola was trying to keep his spirits up as his side failed to win at home for the third game in a row.

He said: "I don't consider it two points dropped. It is a good point against the top of the league team. I believe we tried everything we could to win the game. The reason why we didn't win is because they are a tough team to beat and it's no coincidence they are in the position they are.

"I'm not complaining, we tried everything we could and probably in the second half we created the opportunities to win the game. I believe with one, their goalkeeper was outstanding and another one maybe we were a little bit unlucky."

Zola added: "I don't have concerns. Of course we want to win all the games but I am delighted we are still in a position to play games like this. We have no pressure. The pressure is on others.

"We are doing everything we can to be to be in the position where we are and to improve it so we don't have any pressure. If the others don't win the game then we'll see but we have to make sure we keep playing with the same enthusiasm and the same positivity we've had so far. We're going to try and win all the games and see what the others can do."

Source: Cardiff City Online