Filed: Friday, 4th May 2012
By: Staff Writer
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay insists that his side did enough to win last night's Championship play-off semi final first leg.
Mackay, who has led the Welsh club to the play-offs in his first season at the club finds himself up against it having been on the end of a 2-0 reversal last night thanks to a brace from Welsh international Jack Collison.
However the former Hammer believes that his team created more than enough chances to win the game.
"We had a real good chance at the start with Peter Whittingham and then Kenny Miller shaved the post," he told SkySports. "In the second half we came back into it again and had two or three great chances - including one cleared off the line.
"Kenny Miller's had one just wide of the post, Mark Hudson's had one just wide of the post and if Joe Mason's big toe is offside, that's about all that was offside in that move.
"We had three or four huge chances tonight and it goes the other side of the post or it's cleared off the line. It's as simple as that. We certainly created enough chances."
Mackay also claimed that West Ham's two goals arrived a s a result of a lack of concentration from his defence. "The first one was poor defending from us at three points during the move and the second one was complete random luck," he said.
The 40-year-old brings his side to London next Monday needing to emulate what only Reading have managed to achieve this season in order to progress to the play-off Final - namely beat West Ham by at least two goals at the Boleyn Ground t stay in the contest.
In their favour, Cardiff have managed to score in each of their last seven away games - and on five of those occasions they have scored twice. However only once during that period have they managed to win by two clear goals.
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10:10AM 4th May 2012
''Malky has genius grasp of the very essence of the game. "If we'd scored more goals than the other team then we'd have won the game", is basically what he's saying. Too bad. ''