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Bluebirds show impresses boss Mackay

12 November 2012

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay expressed pride in his players after they claimed an eighth straight home win in the npower Championship with the 2-1 victory over Hull.

Headed goals from Heidar Helguson and Mark Hudson put the Bluebirds' automatic promotion back on course following back-to-back away defeats.

Robert Koren scored a 90th-minute consolation for Hull, but Mackay insisted he was satisfied as third-placed Cardiff kept up the pressure on top two Crystal Palace and next weekend's opponents Middlesbrough by maintaining their 100 per cent record in the Welsh capital.

Mackay added: "We started like a house on fire. We looked like we could have scored three or four. We went on the front foot in the second half and didn't give them a breath. I always thought the second goal was coming.

"They scored a wonder goal at the end, but I'm proud of my players. I'm delighted that we have the best home record in English football and we're only two points off the top of the table. But I won't let up on them. We will try to be as consistent for as long as possible."

Yet for all Cardiff's dominance, Hull might have equalised on the stroke of half-time but Stephen Quinn was adjudged to have handled in the build-up to Jay Simpson's close-range finish.

That decision left Hull manager Steve Bruce frustrated following the final whistle.

Bruce said: "I thought Cardiff were the better side and we were nowhere near the level we've been at in recent weeks. But it might have been different had the disallowed goal been given.

"It was a big turning point in the game. It's a baffling and ridiculous decision and a big call.

"It upsets me greatly because I think the linesman flags for offside. He realises he has made a mistake and then when he was walking off at half-time he says it was handball which makes matters worse because the only person who handled the ball was (Cardiff defender Ben) Turner."

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