Cardiff City hero Tom Heaton saves his best until last to help side reach Carling Cup final at Palace’s expense

January 25th, 20125:09 am @


“There are two great teams in the other semi-final but I think we have got
enough about us in this side to go and get a result. I don’t mind who we get
I will just enjoy watching the other semi-final.”

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay said: “When Aaron Gunnarsson hit the bar with
virtually the last kick of the tie, I thought it might not be our night.
Still, there is great spirit and I’m so pleased for Tom Heaton because he
has worked so hard as our number two.

“I told him he would play in this competition and though he took a bit of
criticism after the first tie, he showed what a great man he is.”

Palace manager Dougie Freedman, who claimed in the build-up that Cardiff would
be “scared stiff” of the tie, said: “It was a fantastic effort from the
boys. We dug in after the goal and were looking very likely to get a goal
when we had a player sent off.

“Again our response was fantastic. It just wasn’t to be.”

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