Just one more point, Malky
CARDIFF CITY manager Malky Mackay insisted it will be business as usual for his side despite near hysteria in the Welsh capital as he and his men close in on the Premier League.
After this deserved win over a Forest side who played the entire second-half with ten men after Darius Henderson was redcarded, Cardiff need just one point from their last four games to earn promotion. Indeed if they avoid defeat at home to Charlton on Tuesday they will clinch promotion to the top-flight for the first time since 1960.
Exciting times in south Wales, but no-nonsense Mackay insists the hype and expectation will not infringe on him and his players.
“I would imagine now there won't be a ticket to be had for Tuesday night,” said the Cardiff boss.
“We go into it in the same way we did for this game and the same way we have all season. We know it's going to be a tough game against Charlton.
“But Forest were a team in form and we went toe-to-toe with them. It can be hard to play against ten men.
“I was pleased with the way we played up to the sending off. We started great and then we got the goal. Then after the sending off to be fair we were absolutely on the money too.”
After seasons of heartbreak and near misses in recent years, a record crowd in the Welsh capital could be forgiven for feeling nervous as their side edge towards the finishing line, but a goal by veteran striker Heidar Helguson on 24 minutes helped ease those jitters and the red card ended the game as a contest.
Henderson was spotted throwing an arm at Helguson. It was incredibly foolish and was responsible for a defeat, Forest's first in 11 games, that dropped Davies' men out of the play-off places. Although the Reds boss had no complaints about the dismissal
Helguson actually made way at half-time with a tight calf to be replaced by French striker, Rudy Gestede, and it was his two thunderous headers in the second period which killed Forest off.
Craig Bellamy set up his side's first goal, curling a freekick into the back post where Helguson was lurking unmarked to head home.
The home side dominated the second-half too after the sending off. On the hour Bellamy's free-kick hit the post, it was crossed back in by Andrew Taylor and Gestede's wonderful hanging header made it two and then the 24-year-old striker
JONNY MOULDS – CARDIFF
IT’S SURELY just a matter of time before the Bluebirds take flight and prepare for life in the Premier League after all but ensuring promotion with yesterday’s 3-0 victory.
Heidar Helguson eased the nerves around the Cardiff City Stadium with the opening goal before a Darius Henderson sending off gave the home side the intitative.
With the numerical advantage, Malky Mackay’s side pressed on, eventually adding to their slender advantage with a Rudy Gestede brace.
FAN NAME – NOTT’M FOREST
I REALLY thought we could go and take advantage of Cardiff’s nerves when I set off – I couldn’t have been more wrong and we were lucky to get nil! Cardiff could hardly have hoped for an easier afternoon once Darius Henderson got himself sent off and the worries over his discipline have been proved right.
They were already a goal up at that stage and in the second half it was nothing more than a practice match for them – it certainly showed the gulf in class between the teams and I’m now looking over my shoulder. made it three.
“We were down to ten men and beaten by what is effectively a Premier League team. We just have to move on," said Davies.
“Having watched it Darius didn't intentionally put his hand up to the boy's face. But it has connected and under the rules I've got no complaint.
"Cardiff started the better then I thought we controlled it, but then they scored a goal. All the goals we lost were disappointing.
"We’ve not lost in ten games and we had to lose at some point. There’s four games to go and we know we need at least two wins. It’s the position at the end of the season that’s important not now.”
WE’RE ON OUR WAY: Rudy Gestede scores Cardiff City’s second