Cardiff hang on despite injuries
CHAMPIONSHIP: Cardiff manager Malky Mackay was pleased with a battling performance from his players after they suffered a cruel run of injuries during the 0-0 draw with Leicester.
Mackay was left without any substitute options by half-time, after Craig Conway, Robert Earnshaw and Mark Hudson all picked up knocks which required their withdrawal during the opening 45 minutes of the npower Championship clash.
The hosts were later effectively reduced to 10 men when Rudy Gestede pulled up with a hamstring injury with 20 minutes to go.
Gestede stayed on the pitch, but was rendered virtually useless for the Bluebirds, and Mackay was happy with a point, given the circumstances.
“For the last 20 minutes we were playing with 10 men, Rudy’s hamstring went and he was lame,” said the Cardiff boss.
“We worked ever so hard for each other and they didn’t cause us any problems until the last two minutes or so.
“For the first 25 minutes of the second half we came out of the traps and really penned Leicester and the pressure would have ended up telling.
“I’ve had three down in the first half, which is quite bizarre.”
Derby closed the gap on the top two with a thumping 3-0 victory against Millwall at the Pride Park.
Craig Bryson and Jeff Hendrick netted for the Rams in the first half, before Steve Davies wrapped up victory in the 65th minute.
“It was the hard work of the players again. The effort that has gone in has been superb and I think the hard work has given us a platform,” said Nigel Clough.
Mark Noble’s 11th-minute penalty helped West Ham to a 1-0 win against Peterborough, which moved Sam Allardyce’s side up to fourth place.
Erik Huseklepp’s secondhalf stoppage-time goal gave Portsmouth a 1-0 win against Blackpool. Coventry and Reading ended 1-1 after goals in the opening 10 minutes. Gary McSheffrey gave the home side a second-minute lead, but Simon Church levelled shortly after.