Crystal Palace v Cardiff reaction
Malky Mackay claims his side's Carling Cup adventure will help to end their play-off hoodoo as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park.
The Bluebirds booked a play-off spot for the third season in a row after coming from behind to win 2-1, but Mackay is confident they will not blow their chance this time.
Wilfried Zaha's opener for the Eagles was cancelled out by Peter Whittingham's free-kick, before Don Cowie's volley sealed the win to book a semi-final showdown with West Ham.
And Mackay, a play-off winner as a player with Watford four years ago, hopes to go better than last season's semi-final defeat to Reading and 2010's loss to Blackpool at Wembley.
Mackay's team lost on penalties to Liverpool in the Carling Cup final earlier this season and he said: "We are 10 games unbeaten going into the play-offs so there is real momentum there.
"I have been in the semi-final situation as a player with West Ham, Norwich and Watford. It is about staying calm and having a game plan.
"We need a timeline of how organised you are going into the semi-final and what you do in that time leading up to it.
"This group of players have already been through this sort of thing this season, with the Carling Cup semi-final and final, where there was preparation and planning needed. That will benefit us."
The visitors started brightly against Palace but Zaha fired the hosts ahead at the end of a slick move that he started.
Whittingham fired the Bluebirds level seven minutes into the second half with a stunner of a free-kick, which curled into the net from the tightest of angles.
Then three minutes past the hour mark Cowie made sure of his side's play-off spot when he got on the end of Aron Gunnarsson's long throw and volleyed into the net.
Palace ended the season with a nine-game winless run but manager Dougie Freedman said: "I had a plan at the beginning of the season and the plan was to take the club up to the next level in terms of not fighting relegation battles.
"We did that 10 games ago and that gave me the opportunity to blood one or two young players and got more experience for them.
"In the middle of that we went on a fantastic cup run which gave a lot of exposure to the club for the right reasons."