Cardiff hang on de­spite in­juries

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Sport football -

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.

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