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Mackay dedicates win over Manchester City to Cardiff fans

A double from Fraizer Campbell helped the Premier League newcomers shock last season's runners-up on their first top-flight game in 51 years

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay heaped praise on the club's fans after Sunday's shock 3-2 home victory over Manchester City.

Edin Dzeko gave the visitors the lead before a goal from Aron Gunarsson and a Fraizer Campbell double put Cardiff 3-1 up.

Alvaro Negredo's late goal made for a nervy finish but Cardiff held on, leaving Mackay delighted after his club's first home game in the top flight in 51 years.

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"For everyone at the football club, today was obviously a day that was a long time in coming," he told the club's official website. "You could see in the build-up that people were pouring into the stadium.

"This was the first time that we've played at home in the Premier League, so it meant a lot to a lot of people.

"I'm very proud of a lot of people at the club; obviously the players but also the fans who made the atmosphere unbelievable today."

Mackay went on to implore his fans to show more of the same as the season wears on.

"I looked at [assistant manager] David Kerslake at kick off and we thought, 'wow'," he said.

"The sort of passion that was shown by our fans today is something that will be important for us going forward."

Mackay was also full of praise for striker Campbell, whose two headers set Cardiff on their way to victory.

"I thought he gave their whole back four problems today," he said. "He's someone that I was delighted to get - when we got him from Sunderland I thought it was an incredible bit of business on our behalf.

"He needed to get fitter; he needed to get sharper and he needed belief again and that's what we gave him.

"He worked hard over the summer and I think he can force his way into the England squad again if he keeps playing like that against top opposition."

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