Dave Jones heaped praise on Cardiff's 1,200 travelling fans after his team had to make do with an FA Cup third-round replay in arctic conditions against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Jones saw Robins substitute Gavin Williams keep his side in the cup with an injury time equaliser, fired home low from the edge of the box.
Michael Chopra looked to have secured Cardiff a fourth-round home tie with Leicester City when he took advantage of a glaring error by home goalkeeper Dean Gerken after 76 minutes to score with a first time effort from out near the right touchline.
But it was a fair result to a game played on an increasingly treacherous surface. Heavy snow had fallen before the game forcing several of Cardiff's supporters' coaches to return home halfway through their journey. Those that made it delighted Jones with their backing.
"I had a pop at our supporters on Saturday for booing us, but they were magnificent here," he said. "The game was a credit to both sides because conditions were very difficult and at least both chairmen will be happy with the outcome.
"I thought we played some excellent football at times, but you don't expect Bristol City to roll over at Ashton Gate and credit them for keeping going right to the final whistle."
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