Premier League: Cardiff manager Malky Mackay proud after 3-0 defeat by Arsenal
Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay was proud of his players following a 3-0 home defeat by leaders Arsenal.
Last Updated: 01/12/13 11:10am
Former Cardiff youngster Aaron Ramsey headed Arsenal into a first-half lead before visiting keeper Wojciech Szczesny produced a tremendous second-half save to deny Fraizer Campbell.
Mathieu Flamini and Ramsey then scored in the final four minutes to clinch the points for Arsenal, but Mackay was still pleased with his team.
"It was a very brave performance against one of the top teams in Europe, and we have certainly not disgraced ourselves," Mackay told Sky Sports.
"I thought we were good value and were really in the game until late on. Szczesny's made a fantastic save and I think that, overall, our team gave a really good account of ourselves.
"We are playing against some of the top players in Europe and a manager who has been in situ for 17 years, and has orchestrated a recruitment policy where he has brought in some of the top players in the world over a period of time.
"The level we're playing at, we didn't disgrace ourselves. In the first half, we made sure we kept the ball in front of them and didn't leave them with too many chances.
"In the second half, at 1-0 down, we tried to get back in the game and nearly did."
Mackay also suggested that Arsenal are the best team Cardiff have faced this season after also tackling Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United at home.
He added: "I'm very proud of my team, we've come up against City, Spurs, United and Arsenal now, and we've been competitive in all of those games.
"I think they're going to be up there for winning the title and they've certainly got a chance of the Champions League final as well.
"We're testing ourselves against the very best and that's what myself and the players want to be doing."