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Mackay: Hull defeat big blow

Former boss Malky Mackay says Cardiff's 4-0 home defeat to Hull City makes it much harder for them to stay in the Premier League.

Saturday's drubbing was Cardiff's heaviest home defeat in 14 years and left them one place and one point off the bottom of the table.

Mackay - sacked as City boss in December - believes that Cardiff had to pick up points against the teams around them in the relegation scrap.

The 3-0 defeat to Swansea, the 0-0 draw with Aston Villa and the defeat to Hull in their last three games have left them in deep trouble.

"It was a real disappointing result at the weekend, a bit of a shock," Mackay told TalkSPORT.

"With Aston Villa last week, Hull at the weekend and the game at Swansea, you would be hoping for results to pick up points, rather than (in forthcoming games) away at Tottenham and Everton, two very strong teams.

"So it is going to be hard (to stay up). It was always going to be tough, to be honest with you, but it has been made slightly tougher."

Mackay feels for his successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and says the former Manchester United striker will have to pick the squad up quickly.

"It's how you respond, how you pick yourself back up, how you pick players back up," he said.

"It's going back in on a Monday when you've had a dreadful weekend, feeling awful, with the game going through your mind every minute of the day.

"You're thinking about what you have to talk to the press about, what you say to your chairman when he phones you.

"Really, it's about getting the players ready again for a game in a few days' time."