Malky proud of his players as they earn a trip to Wembley

25 January 2012 08:14
Malky Mackay (pictured with Vincent Tan (right) and TG) has led Cardiff City to Wembley in his first season in charge.

The boss has instilled a work ethic into his squad that means they don't give up and last night they got their just rewards after winning a penalty shoot out against Crystal Palace.

Malky said: "I was delighted with the way we went about our business. I was very proud of them. We started the game on fire.

"The early goal calmed everything down and allowed us to probe. It calmed the crowd down and let them attack the game. It was a fine night's work.

"When Aron Gunnarsson hit the bar with the last header of the tie you do think it may be one of those evenings.

"It's obviously a lottery when it goes to penalty kicks but I had great belief in their ability and spirit to keep going.

"I'm delighted for the group of players, I'm delighted for the football club tonight.

"You look all the way through the competition, from Oxford when we had 10 players missing through international duty to tonight where it was always going to be tough, we've shown character and spirit.

"Tonight another little bit of history has been made for this football club.

"It's terrific for everyone at the football club and everyone should embrace it."