Everton's Baines did not deserve 'soft' penalty - Mackay

Mackay pleased with Cardiff spirit

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has said he does not think full-back Leighton Baines deserved a penalty during the 0-0 draw with Everton.

The Everton defender was brought down in the penalty box by a sliding tackle from Cardiff's Gary Medel, but referee Phil Dowd waved play-on.

"I don't think it was a penalty," said Mackay.

"I have not seen it again, but I thought it was soft and that he might have possibly gone down early."

He added: "But he is a top player and he causes problems when he goes into those areas."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez, however, was "shocked" that a penalty was not awarded.external-link

Mackay also felt his side could have come out on top.

"There were a couple of times in the game when things could have gone for us, but they didn't," said Mackay.

"Overall, I thought the referee did well and I thought it was two teams hard at it. There was very little between us."

Captain Craig Bellamy had a chance for the home side in the second half, but his first touch let him down and he was forced wide by Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Cardiff's draw against Everton, who finished sixth in the Premier League last season, means they now have four points from three games.

The Bluebirds suffered a 2-0 defeat to West Ham in their first game back in English football's top flight after an absence of 51 years.

The Welsh side then shocked everybody when they recorded a 3-2 victory over Manchester City in the Welsh capital.

Their start has left Mackay satisfied, saying: "I think four points after three games is a really solid start for us.

"We are a team which has just come into the division and we are playing catch up with teams who have got top internationals; players who have been in this division for five or six years.

"We have to make sure we approach every game in this manner.

"Especially at home we have to be resilient and have an atmosphere here that is intimidating towards the opposition."

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