Cardiff need to be more clinical in front of goal - Mackay

Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham and Jordon Mutch
Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham and Jordon Mutch

Manager Malky Mackay says Cardiff City have to be more clinical in front of goal after the 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

The Bluebirds only had one real chance, with striker Fraizer Campbell's header saved at Selhurst Park.

Cardiff are now one of eight sides in the Premier League averaging less than a goal a game.

"Every manager in the Premier League strives to have more goals," said Mackay.

"We created chances, but we have to be more clinical and it is something that we realise."

New manager Tony Pulis secured Crystal Palace's first back-to-back Premier League wins since 2004 with former Cardiff City striker Cameron Jerome's first goal for the club.

Marouane Chamakh's volley sealed the win for Palace before Jerome was denied a second by Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall's save.

Victory moved Palace level on points with 17th-placed West Ham to move within one point of Cardiff.

Cardiff's victory over Swansea in early November is their only win in nine matches and the Bluebirds now sit just one point above the relegation zone.

Mackay admits his side need to improve in front of goal, but he claims he would be more concerned if Cardiff were not creating chances.

"Any defeat is disappointing, but I would be more disappointed if we hadn't created anything," said Mackay.

"Goals change games and it's fine line and if we'd scored that one [Frazier Campbell's chance], it is completely different.

"We didn't and we have to be better than that.

"They have a new manager and they have worked hard and a new manager brings impetus.

"We always knew it was going to be a tough game here; the crowd are on top of the pitch.

"They worked hard and it was never going to be and easy game.

"We have to make sure we are better than that next week."

Mackay hopes to have talisman Craig Bellamy and defender Andrew Taylor fit and available to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, 14 December.

"Craig was injured in the week and joined us today (Saturday)," said Mackay.

"Andrew Taylor is injured, but both will be back in the fray for next week.

"We have a smallish squad and we need everyone and all hands to the pump."

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