Mackay happy as City progress

26 October 2011 08:47

Malky Mackay praised his Cardiff side for a job well done after they progressed through to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup for the first time since 1965 thanks to a 1-0 win over Burnley.

A solitary first-half goal from striker Joe Mason was enough to fend off a stubborn Clarets outfit in round four. It was hardly a classic at the Cardiff City Stadium, but Bluebirds manager Mackay was delighted as his men to reached the last eight.

Mackay said: "A 1-0 win, a clean sheet, no injuries and through to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup is a good night."

He added: "We were playing against a good Championship team who have game-changing players. They had two centre forwards, one who has cost an awful lot of money and another at some point who will cost a lot of money.

"We have to give due respect to the team we played. I was delighted with the way we passed the ball, we created three great chances in the first half and didn't allow them a shot in the second half."

In-form forward Mason, who opened his Bluebirds account against Barnsley last weekend, proved the difference as his second goal in four days after 41 minutes settled this all-Championship tie.

The Irishman cost just £250,000 from Plymouth in the summer and the talented youngster showed a maturity beyond his 20 years to book a place in the last eight.

Mackay said: "It was a mature finish from Joe. His movement and game intelligence belied his experience. It was a beautiful goal. The boy has great potential but we have to work hard to keep nurturing him."

Burnley manager Eddie Howe said: "It's disappointing to lose the game. We started the game really well and tested their goalkeeper early on. It was a positive start and on another day we could have scored a couple of goals.

"We also finished the game well and applied a lot of pressure with good possession, but we didn't work their keeper enough or hurt them in the second half."

Source: PA