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Helguson heroics draw praise

7 October 2012

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay heaped praise on two-goal hero Heidar Helguson after the striker helped his side fight back from behind to win 2-1 at Ipswich.

The veteran netted twice in the second half, on both occasions taking advantage of sloppy defending from the hosts, to overturn DJ Campbell's controversial opener on his Tractor Boys debut.

Of Helguson's heroics, Mackay said: "He's an absolute credit to himself and his profession. People were questioning his lack of goals but no-one can fault his effort, work-rate and energy. Youngsters should look up to him because he was still chasing balls at the end. He was immense."

Mackay added: "We deserved the three points considering the pressure we put them under in the second half. We got stronger the longer the game went on. It was a classic game of two halves. Ipswich deserved to be in front at half-time but we dominated the second half."

Helguson's first came thanks to a helping hand from Ipswich goalkeeper Scott Loach. He spilt a harmless-looking cross from substitute Craig Conway right at Helguson's feet and the front man gratefully smashed home from close range.

Better followed two minutes from time when he connected with Andrew Taylor's cross from the left, ghosting behind Aaron Cresswell and coolly placing his header inside the near post. The goals cancelled out Ipswich's opener, scored by Campbell after arriving on loan from Blackpool on Friday.

He turned in a sublime cross from Lee Martin after confusion between goalkeeper David Marshall and defender Mark Hudson, although TV replays confirmed he had effectively punched the ball into the net.

Town boss Paul Jewell was left deflated, partly because of the errors and partly because his side had dominated the first half. "We were a bit fortunate with our goal but I thought we played well in the first half," said Jewell. "We were the better team and had great opportunities to make it 2-0.

"I know we can't keep losing matches, but I honestly thought we were unfortunate again. We defended well and the goals came out of the blue. Everyone makes mistakes but every time we make one it seems to end up as a goal. They're not just little mistakes, they're big errors.

"We're not getting outplayed by anyone and the lads are giving everything they've got. They still believe."

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