Championship: Cautious Mackay is staying grounded

Cardiff City's Rudy Gestede celebrates scoring Cardiff's second goal in their victory over Nottingham Forest. PA
Cardiff City's Rudy Gestede celebrates scoring Cardiff's second goal in their victory over Nottingham Forest. PA
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Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is refusing to take anything for granted despite his team needing just one more point to guarantee promotion to the Premier League.

The Welsh outfit eased to a 3-0 victory over Nottingham Forest, ending their unbeaten run under Billy Davies, on Saturday after goals from Heidar Helguson and a second-half brace from Rudy Gestede.

With Watford losing at Peterborough United, Mackay’s side are 12 points clear of the third-placed Hornets with four games remaining, meaning a draw against Charlton tomorrow will secure promotion.

Mackay said: “We now have a game against Charlton, against who we gave our poorest performance of the season at The Valley, and we know we will have a tough game against them here. We had a record attendance here and I would imagine there is not a ticket to be had for Tuesday, and we will go into the next game in the same vein.”

Hull boss Steve Bruce is also refusing to get carried away after a 2-1 win at Ipswich took them six points clear of Watford.

“We’ve given ourselves a wonderful opportunity but you only have to look at the division’s results today (Saturday) to realise how crazy it is,” said Bruce.

Bolton moved into the Championship play-off places for the first time this season after a late penalty from substitute Craig Davies, formerly of Barnsley, earned a 2-1 win at bottom club Bristol City.