Cardiff 1 Swansea 0: Malky Mackay revels in ‘great day’
Cardiff 1 Swansea 0: Malky Mackay could not hide his delight after watching his side seal victory in the South Wales derby
Malky Mackay could not hide his delight after watching his Cardiff City side beat Swansea to win the first-ever Premier League South Wales derby.
The home side took the lead in the 62nd minute when ex-Swansea loanee Caulker headed home Bellamy’s corner.
Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm was sent off late on for bringing down Fraizer Campbell, with defender Angel Rangel forced to play in goal for five minutes of stoppage time.
The win, Cardiff’s third of the season, moved Mackay’s men up into 12th place in the Premier League table.
“It’s a great day, and in terms of the background noise over the last few weeks it certainly helps,” Mackay told Sky Sports.
“It’s put smiles on people’s faces here and I’ve never seen an atmosphere like it. And it was not only the win – but also the performance. I thought we were very dominant.”
The three points will help ease some of the pressure that had been mounting on Mackay, but he added: “There’s pressure on me every week.
“It’s a tough, uncompromising league but it’s the only place to be. We’ve got good people here and we enjoy playing here in this division.”
Meanwhile, Swansea boss Michael Laudrup was left to rue a disappointing afternoon for his side.
“It ended up being disappointing, it is always that way when you lose a derby and we really wanted to win,” said Laudrup.
“Our plan in the first half was to control it and we did that quite well, we kept them away from any chances.
“When we wanted to bring on some players to go for the game, they scored from a set piece. We knew that they were strong from these and it’s one of the only chances they had from the game.”