Mackay revels in Cardiff momentum

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Cardiff manager Malky Mackay feels his side are hitting their straps at the right time as a 1-0 win at Barnsley strengthened their npower Championship play-off credentials.

A tight and scrappy game at Oakwell was settled by a moment of rare quality in the second half when Andrew Taylor's delightful cross was coolly guided home by the head of Liam Lawrence.

It stretched their unbeaten run to seven games and keeps them two points off seventh-placed Middlesbrough with three games to go.

"We're unbeaten in seven and have one defeat in 10, which I am very pleased about. It's nice to have a little bit of momentum going into the last three games," Mackay said. "You can only look at the evidence and on the basis of the stats we have to be pleased.

"Every team needs as many points as they can get. We have three games to go and then we're in the play-offs. It's in our own hands and between now and the end of the season there will be a lot of twists and turns and we are not taking anything for granted."

The game was far from a classic, with the first half a particularly drab affair, but Mackay was pleased to have ground out the win.

"It was never going to be an easy place to come today, they needed three points to be safe," he added.

"First half we had to earn the right to play and second half we managed to get a foot on the ball and then we managed to get the goal, so it was a good day."

Barnsley boss Keith Hill admits his side have been suffering from relegation form having won just one of their last 12 games. The Tykes are not yet assured of their safety, seven points above the drop zone with three to play.

"I would have settled for a point and I thought it was marginal that they won the game," he said. "We nullified them and we didn't look too threatening ourselves, which has been a problem. There is a reason why we were bookies' favourites to get relegated, it's always been obvious to me."

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