Malky hails his champions!
EVEN David Edgar’s last-minute equaliser was not going to spoil Malky Mackay’s mood as Cardiff City clinched their first-ever Championship title at Turf Moor.
Craig Conway’s first-half effort looked like being enough for a victory for the Welsh side, who sealed their promotion to the Premier League on Tuesday night.
Edgar’s late leveller meant Mackay’s troops had to settle for a draw but that was enough to confirm their coronation, and a first league title since they topped the old Division Four in 1992-93.
And, with the Premier League to now plan for, Mackay was quick to pay tribute to his side’s mental fortitude in standing firm at the summit of the table. He said:“It’s absolutely fantastic and I’m delighted for everyone attached to the football club.
“It was a tremendous feeling on Tuesday night but we wanted to go and win the title and get that medal.We have been sitting top since late November and it’s been an awful long time for us to be chased and examined and the players deserve it.
“I’m delighted we’ve had the mental strength, the character and consistency to keep going.
“It’s relentless been
and we’ve had a mental strength to believe we deserve to be there.
“Most people get to watch history happen; very few people get the chance to make history.
“And for the players to be able to do that for the city of Cardiff then it’s something I am very proud of.”
Cardiff made a bright start with Rudy Gestede firing narrowly over from the edge of the area in the second minute after being teed-up nicely by Craig Noone.
Burnley keeper Lee Grant was forced to turn behind Conway’s deflected cross from the left in the 18th minute after the winger collected Aron Gunnarsson’s pass.
The Bluebirds threatened again two minutes later as South Korean international Kim BoKyung shot wide from distance.
But the Bluebirds did not have to wait long as they took the lead in the 27th minute after BoKyung played in Conway who curled a right-footed effort past the out-stretched dive of Grant.
Burnley – missing leading scorer Charlie Austin – barely threatened until the hour mark when Jason Shackell’s header from Kieran Trippier’s free-kick was saved by David Marshall.
But substitute Edgar rescued a precious point for Burnley in stoppage-time as he headed home Trippier’s cross from the right flank to leave boss Sean Dyche breathing a sigh of relief.
“I felt we deserved the equaliser and we could have won it,” he said.“We had a chat at half-time where I told the lads to relax and play with freedom and energy.
“And I thought second half we found that energy, that effervescence and that freedom to play a bit more and had some good pockets of play.
“There were some real positives after the break and we showed we have something to build on next week.
“We were up against a team who are market leaders and I knew Malky would go hard and overall you would take a point against a team that has just won the Championship.”
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