Malky Mackay reflected on a "fine night's work" after watching his Cardiff side book a place in the Carling Cup final with a penalty shootout victory over Crystal Palace.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton was the Bluebirds' hero, saving two Palace spot-kicks after Anthony Gardner's own goal levelled the tie 1-1 on aggregate. For Mackay the win justified the effort and commitment put in by his players, who dominated their guests for much of the match and spent almost the whole of extra time camped in Palace territory after Paddy McCarthy was sent off.

He said: "I was delighted with the way we went about our business. I was very proud of them. We started the game on fire. The early goal calmed everything down and allowed us to probe. It calmed the crowd down and let them attack the game. It was a fine night's work."

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