MANAGER Malky Mackay praised his Cardiff side’s perseverance after the Bluebirds extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches in all competitions with a 1-0 victory over Birmingham yesterday.
Cardiff worked tirelessly to carve out only a handful of chances over the course of 90 attritional minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.
But Kenny Miller’s second-half strike secured three valuable npower Championship points for the hosts, leaving Mackay delighted with his players’ attitude and application.
“We were playing a team today who were organised, disciplined and experienced,” he said. “The way they set up, every time we had it those two central midfielders sat straight in front of the back four.
“We knew they were going to be a tough nut to crack today, but we spoke at half-time about being patient, that if we keep shifting it and playing the way we can play chances would come and they did.
“I’m delighted with the clean sheet - three in a week - so we’re really building confidence as far as that’s concerned. And I was delighted to see the game out as well.”
Mackay expressed his pleasure at the speed with which his new-look side has gelled.
The victory propelled Cardiff back into third in the Championship, despite welcoming 12 new players during the summer, and Mackay said he felt the Bluebirds have progressed as a unit quicker than he had hoped they would.
“From the start of the season I thought we could fast-track them in terms of knowing how each other play,” he said.
“You’ve got to work hard on the training pitch to make it work quickly and to that extent we’ve clicked a little quicker than I thought we would as a team.”
Brighton manager Gus Poyet admitted substitute Will Buckley’s stoppage-time winner was a little tough on Nottingham Forest after his side clinched a hat-trick of victories in the npower Championship on Saturday.
Former Watford midfielder Buckley scored the only goal of the match in dramatic fashion, rifling in an unstoppable shot following good work by Frenchman Romain Vincelot.
“It was a boring day but then Will produced a great finish,” Poyet said. “It was a case of one quality run and a quality touch to win the game.
“I feel for Forest. Everything worked for the team that is doing a bit better. They (Forest) would have thought ‘what have we to do to win?’.”
Brighton now boast four wins in their last five games but Poyet admits they are far from their best.
He said: “Overall this was not a good game for us. Technically we were very poor.”