Malky Mackay has praised his in-form striker Kenny Miller for his incredible instincts in front of goal.

Miller has scored in his last two games against Blackburn in the Carling Cup and Birmingham in the Championship to bring his tally for the season up to seven.

"He was Europe's fifth-highest goal-scorer last year and he definitely brings instinct but also hard work and that's something you have to bring if you're going to be successful," Mackay said about the man he signed from Bursaspor in July.

The Cardiff boss also believes that Miller's lack of match fitness campaign and unfamiliarity with his new colleagues hindered his start to the season but he is now into the groove.

"He's someone that came in at the start of the season and didn't really have a pre-season behind him, but he's now beginning to learn how people play here and how they link up with each other."

Miller was not the only new face that Mackay brought to Wales as the acquisition of a further 11 new faces changed the whole complexion of the squad.

These new signings have started to find their feet and Cardiff are now in third place in the Championship and will play Crystal Palace in the semi-final of the Carling Cup.

"I thought we could fast-track them in terms of knowing how each other play. You've got to work hard on the training pitch to make it work quickly and we've gelled a little quicker than I thought."

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