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Mackay On Palace Test

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14:50 6th December 2013


Malky Mackay is expecting “another tough away game” when he brings his Cardiff City side to Selhurst Park on Saturday. 

The Bluebirds earned a hard-fought point on the road against Stoke City on Wednesday night and Mackay hopes his players can build on that this weekend.

Cardiff currently sit 15th in the Barclays Premier League table, but Palace can close to within one point of the Welsh outfit with victory tomorrow afternoon.

And Mackay knows that the Eagles will be fired up for the game, particularly following the recent appointment of new manager Tony Pulis.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the game, the 41-year-old said: “It’s another tough away game. But these games, there’s always a hope we can get something from them.

“Palace have got a new manager and that always brings that little bit of momentum and impetus as far as a group of players are concerned, as was shown on Tuesday night. With that being the case, we know that we’ve got a very tough tie on our hands on Saturday. 

“Tony’s a very experienced manager and someone that does a lot of hard work with his team.

“It’s going to take him time to mould Palace in the way he wants and that will probably take three transfer windows for that to happen. 

“It’s the same group of players he’s got – how he conveys what he wants them to do and the tactics he wants them to employ, will be up to him. But we’ve had them watched and our analysis department will be talking to the players on that. 

“I’ve watched some of the games they’ve played on TV and they’ve not been that much worse than anyone else. If you’re in this league, you’re in here on merit.”