Cardiff boss Malky Mackay praises 'ice cool' David Marshall

Leeds 1-1 Cardiff

Malky Mackay was full of praise for keeper David Marshall after his "inspired" display ensured Cardiff earned a Championship point at Leeds.

Marshall made great saves to deny Ross McCormack, Adam Clayton, Jonny Howson and Robert Snodgrass as City extended their 27-year unbeaten run at Leeds.

The 26-year-old has rediscovered top form after an elbow injury restricted him to just 12 games last season.

"He's been top class," Cardiff manager Mackay said after Sunday's 1-1 draw.

"He has gone from having a bad injury to being back involved with the Scotland team.

"He's been really calm and collected and I've been really happy with him.

"It's testament to the hard work he's putting in.

"Goalkeepers are all about confidence and I'm looking at someone who is ice-cool at the back. I'm really happy with him."

Cardiff teenager Joe Mason gave the Welsh side a 17th minute lead at Elland Road.

The hosts, who had lost just one league game at home this term, were frustrated by Marshall until Snodgrass levelled with 17 minutes remaining.

And even Leeds boss Simon Grayson praised the former Norwich goalkeeper.

"When you look at the chances we created and the number of top saves their keeper made, we can feel unfortunate not to win the game," Grayson said.

"We found their keeper in inspired form."

Tom Heaton was Cardiff's number one keeper last season and injury did not help Marshall's cause.

But Mackay has favoured Marshall this season and the Scottish international has been an ever-present in the Championship so far.

Yet while his own performance was applauded, Marshall was unhappy that Cardiff did not hold on to their early lead and claim their first away league win since the opening day of the season.

"We were 1-0 up at half time and probably not playing as well as we could have," he said.

"We are expected to play better and we didn't really get going.

"We nicked a goal on the break and defended pretty stoutly, but if we had played better, we could have created a few more chances and probably would have got the three points."

Cardiff have jointly drawn the most games in the Championship - alongside Middlesbrough, Reading, Millwall and Barnsley - with the Leeds game being their sixth tied fixture this season.

Marshall said: "We've had a few draws now, which is a bit disappointing because we want to get wins as it makes a massive difference in the league.

"Yet although we didn't play well, we were hard to beat."

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