Mackay plays down Saints clash

Watford manager Malky MackayCardiff City boss Malky Mackay believes Tuesday’s trip to Southampton is just like any other match despite the fact that victory will see the Bluebirds move second in the table (Southampton 10/11, Cardiff 3/1, draw 5/2 Match Prices).

The Welshmen head to the south coast for their first encounter since reaching the final of the Carling Cup and are looking to keep up their challenge for automatic promotion.

They currently sit third in the table and are just one point behind Saints, with West Ham a further three points clear at the top of the standings.

Cardiff have been the nearly men in the Championship in recent times, failing to secure automatic promotion and missing out in the play-offs, but there is genuine hope that they might be able to get over the line this time around and ply their trade in the top-flight next term (Cardiff 11/8 To Be Promoted).

Mackay now has the task of trying to refocus his men’s minds on the bread and butter of gaining league points after the euphoria of booking a Wembley date with Liverpool and it will not get much tougher than a trip to St Mary’s to face Nigel Adkins’ high-flyers.

But the Scottish tactician is refusing to get too worked up about the upcoming clash and feels that there is still a long way to go before the curtain falls on the season.

“This game is about three points like every other one,” he said. “It is very tight at the top at the moment. As long as we are in touch with 10 games to go, that is when things sort themselves out.”

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