Cardiff manager Dave Jones was satisfied with his side's performance in the 4-2 victory over Watford, despite seeing a winning position almost slip away.

The Bluebirds raced into a 3-0 lead in barely half an hour, thanks to goals from striking trio Craig Bellamy, Michael Chopra and Jay Bothroyd but Watford got back into the game through Will Buckley and Marvin Sordell before Gabor Gyepes secured the win for the Bluebirds seven minutes from time.

Jones said: ""They're a decent side but here, especially in the first half, we showed them what we could do. We knew they wouldn't lie down as they are a good team and we needed a fourth goal to settle things."

He added: "We made it harder than necessary as we switched off at 3-0 up and they scored almost straight away to give themselves hope.

"Their second goal was a bit of a fluke as Tom Heaton tripped over his own feet and that made it difficult for us.

"It was two good sides having a go and they threw six forward at times, but that gave us the opportunity to do some damage at their end.''

Watford manager Malky Mackay was pleased with his side's fighting spirit after they shipped the three early goals.

Mackay said: "Chances change games but we had a huge mountain to climb after going 3-0 down.

"But when we got a goal back we gave Cardiff their hardest game of the season and had a goal disallowed and hit the post, both within a minute.

"I was delighted we kept our belief and kept playing, especially after half-time, and I'm very proud of my team as I think we really deserved a point."

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