Cardiff manager Malky Mackay insists his side's play-off semi-final hopes do not rest on securing a first-leg advantage when they host West Ham tonight.

The Hammers are the favourites to progress to the Wembley final having been in the top three for the majority of the season and narrowly missing out on automatic promotion to Southampton. With the Bluebirds hosting the first leg there are many who believe the Welsh side must establish a lead to take into Monday's return clash at Upton Park.

But Mackay said: "We have to win the tie. It is not about winning a home game. Will it be cagey? I don't know, I'm not going to second guess how West Ham are going to play. Each of us have been better away from home so it will be interesting. But it's a 180-minute game of football. Nothing will be decided until 6.15pm on Monday."

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