The Bluebirds boss knows the value of picking up points on the road but is confident that his team are ready to push for victories throughout a difficult December fixture listMalky Mackay remains positive about Cardiff City's immediate Premier League future, despite recording only one win in their last seven matches.
Defeat to Arsenal on Saturday left the club fourth from bottom in the table, with a three-point advantage over next team down Fulham, but the Scot believes that his side have the quality to compete with anyone in the top flight.
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"It's a busy period but it's something that we're all used to," Mackay told the media. "It's two tough away games coming up but we'll be going all out to bring points back from both.
"[Stoke are] a club in transition but Mark [Hughes] is a very experienced manager. Stoke are an established Premier League club.
"We're certainly competing at this level and have been competitive away from home all season.
"Any points you can pick up on the road certainly come at a premium."