Cardiff's Malky Mackay delighted with Crystal Palace Carling Cup tie

Cardiff defender Ben Turner and Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray compete for the cball
Cardiff beat Palace in a league game in November

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay says opponents Crystal Palace will be equally happy with the Carling Cup semi-final draw.

The Bluebirds and Championship rivals Palace have avoided Premier League Manchester City and Liverpool in the last four.

"Both ourselves and Crystal Palace I think will be delighted we've got each other," he said.

"We've given ourselves a chance to get to Wembley."

Cardiff secured their semi-final spot with a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers while Crystal Palace shocked Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Bluebirds beat Palace 2-0 in the league in November and will face Dougie Freedman's side over two legs in January.

"Everyone's delighted we're through to the semi-finals," Mackay told BBC Radio Wales.

"We've played each other already, although there's great respect between the two teams [and] we know it's going to be a tough game.

"Underneath it all I'm pretty sure we're both delighted that we've got each other as opposed to Man City or Liverpool.

"To get a Championship team through to the final of the Carling Cup is a great achievement for our league."

Mackay believes the Carling Cup run has benefitted rather than hindered Cardiff's promotion campaign.

Tuesday night's victory over Premier League strugglers Blackburn was their fifth tie in this season's competition.

But Mackay, who was appointed manager in June, says the extra Cup matches have proved invaluable during his first few months as the club.

"Any appearance at this point in a competition is good for your football club," said Mackay. "It's something that has added to us this year.

"The fact that we've had these extra games has probably fast-tracked this group getting to know each other.

"Certainly as far as our club's concerned it's been a great addition to the season and certainly not a distraction."

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