Mackay enraged over diving

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay was left furious with a miserable 2-1

loss at lowly Peterborough.

The Welsh side remained seven points clear at the Championship

summit but it was the behaviour of referee Eddie Ilderton and Posh

striker Dwight Gayle that irked Mackay.

Aron Gunnarsson had opened the scoring for Cardiff but two late

spot-kicks by Grant McCann turned the contest on its head. Posh

also had three other strong penalty appeals turned down by the

referee.

Mackay said: “I spoke to the referee at half-time as I was

concerned their lad Gayle was going down almost every time one of

our players went near him.

“The crowd seemed desperate to see penalties given and I guess

they got their wish in the end. I have watched the two penalty

decisions several times. Don Cowie won the ball for the first one

and Gayle was on the way down before Matt Connolly had even

challenged him for the second one.

“Both are poor decisions and I’m hugely disappointed to leave

here with nothing. My goalkeeper has had nothing do either side of

the penalties. We also had a strong handball shout of their own

that the referee didn’t even give a second though to. I find that

incredible.

“But my players have shown terrific character to be top of the

league for four months and bounce back from any setbacks they have

suffered. I have no doubt they will do that again in our eight

remaining games.”

Regarding the comments on Gayle, rival boss Darren Ferguson

said: “I get on really well with Malky but I wouldn’t speak about

Cardiff players like that and he shouldn’t do it about mine.

“What he has said is not right anyway. Dwight is not that sort

of player.”