Cardiff manager Malky Mackay is confident his side will not suffer a Carling Cup hangover following their heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat by Liverpool at Wembley.

Mackay faces the task of raising spirits for the last lap of a fight to get out of the npower Championship. The play-off positions are so tight Cardiff cannot afford to slip up, but Mackay is confident it will not happen.

"Maybe if we had been beaten five or six, the question would have been valid," he said.

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