Cardiff City 2 - 1 Hull City

Match info: Championship at Cardiff City Stadium

Date: 10/11/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: I Williamson Att: 20,058

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Cardiff

Heidar Helguson 3
Mark Hudson 82

2
vs
1

Hull City

Robert Koren 90

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: November 10 2012, 19:36 GMT

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay expressed pride in his players after they claimed an eighth straight home win in the npower Championship with the 2-1 victory over Hull.

Malky Mackay: Impressed by his players
Malky Mackay: Impressed by his players

Headed goals from Heidar Helguson and Mark Hudson put the Bluebirds' automatic promotion back on course following back-to-back away defeats.

Robert Koren scored a 90th-minute consolation for Hull, but Mackay insisted he was satisfied as third-placed Cardiff kept up the pressure on top two Crystal Palace and next weekend's opponents Middlesbrough by maintaining their 100 per cent record in the Welsh capital.

Mackay added: "We started like a house on fire. We looked like we could have scored three or four. We went on the front foot in the second half and didn't give them a breath. I always thought the second goal was coming.

"They scored a wonder goal at the end, but I'm proud of my players.

"I'm delighted that we have the best home record in English football and we're only two points off the top of the table.

"But I won't let up on them. We will try to be as consistent for as long as possible."

Helguson put Cardiff on their way when the Icelandic striker rose above Hull goalkeeper Ben Amos to power Craig Noone's cross into the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season.

The home side had chances to increase their lead as Hudson crashed a header against the crossbar from Peter Whittingham's corner, Joe Mason was denied by Amos and the unmarked Aron Gunnarsson headed wastefully wide.

Yet for all Cardiff's dominance, Hull might have equalised on the stroke of half-time but Stephen Quinn was adjudged to have handled in the build-up to Jay Simpson's close-range finish.

That decision left Hull manager Steve Bruce frustrated following the final whistle.

Bruce said: "I thought Cardiff were the better side and we were nowhere near the level we've been at in recent weeks.

"But it might have been different had the disallowed goal been given.

"It was a big turning point in the game. It's a baffling and ridiculous decision and a big call.

"It upsets me greatly because I think the linesman flags for offside. He realises he has made a mistake and then when he was walking off at half-time he says it was handball which makes matters worse because the only person who handled the ball was (Cardiff defender Ben) Turner.

"The ball hit his arm - it didn't hit anyone else.

"It's a difficult one to take. Even though we haven't played well in the first half, we were getting into the game in the last 15 minutes.

"If we'd scored then it might have been a different story."


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