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

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

“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.”