Bellamy experience key for Cardiff
Malky Mackay hailed Craig Bellamy's south Wales derby experience as a vital ingredient in his side's 1-0 win over Swansea.
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Veteran forward Bellamy, 34, was the only player from Cardiff in the Bluebirds starting line-up against their fierce rivals.
While he was not a prominent attacking force, aside from providing the corner from which Steven Caulker headed home the winner, his desire and combativeness shone through in a thoroughly committed derby display from Mackay's side.
The now former Wales international spent the last minutes of the game charging up and down the left flank, winning more than a few tackles in areas more usually occupied by a left-back.
Mackay had given Bellamy just 18 minutes of action since the last international window, and admitted he had done so partly with the derby - and the impact he knew the striker could make - in mind.
He said: "When it came to the derby, I felt there was experience there.
"He has been mature over the last two years since I have been here, even more so this year as he has called time on Wales and he knows the sun is going down on his career.
"But he has been immense this season on and off the field, whether he has not been picked, whether he has been starting, used as a substitute or being asked to train hard.
"Having him on the field in that derby was something I really wanted, we spoke about it during the week and I think his experience showed.
"He got a second wind with 10 minutes to go which I hadn't seen before and I don't think he had seen either.
"It's one of those where he showed experience through the day."
Bellamy's team-mate Gary Medel was another man to impress, and was arguably the best player on the pitch.
The Chile midfielder had come under scrutiny after Swansea full-back Angel Rangel had claimed Cardiff had spent too much to sign him, and questioned his temperament.
But the 26-year-old put the lie to those suggestions with commanding performance, breaking up Swansea attacks and distributing the ball effectively but with a minimum of fuss.
"He was immense from first to last minute," said Mackay.
"In the first half it was more about organising and collecting second balls, but in the second half it was about having the courage to get on the ball at any point and get the game flowing and his amount of time on the ball in the second half must have been huge.
"Having said that, I am loath to pick out one guy, as I had a performance from my whole team and subs, a mature performance considering what they have had to endure."