Mackay takes deserved point
Malky Mackay took the point after Cardiff held Stoke to a goalless stalemate at the Britannia Stadium to boost their survival hopes.
Stoke had a goal disallowed in the clash but the Bluebirds had chances of their own, with Jordon Mutch's powerful header and Declan John's long-range effort both being palmed away by the assured Asmir Begovic.
The draw moved Cardiff up to 15th in the table - four points above the drop zone - and Mackay was pleased with the way his side dealt with the aerial threat of Peter Crouch.
He told Sky Sports: "I thought it was a good point for us.
"We're worthy of it - we restricted Stoke to one attempt on goal. It's never an easy place to come and play football.
"It was always going to be tough to come here and play against a big, strong team that we knew we had to battle with to then earn the right to actually go and play.
"But we had a couple of chances ourselves when their goalie's made a great save in the first half and a great save in the second half and we are well worthy of a point tonight."
He added: "I thought we had good control of the ball the first half at times as well.
"You've got to combat the delivery to Crouch and that's something I think as the game went on we did very well."
Fraizer Campbell looked unfortunate not to be given a penalty for a tangle with Marc Wilson in the second period, while the Cardiff striker was at the centre of things again when Peter Whittingham was fouled 25 yards out.
Campbell hit the deck after appearing to be pushed in the wall by Charlie Adam, who was booked in the first half, but it was the Cardiff man and Crouch - who swung an arm towards Campbell - who were shown yellow cards.
Mackay thought it was a penalty on first look, saying: "I thought that Fraizer Campbell got in front of Marc Wilson, got in the box and was chasing the ball when he was taken from behind. They (the officials) seem to suggest it was side on but I'm not sure about that.
"And I've just been told that it was Charlie that pushed Fraizer over and had been booked so I suppose he's a lucky guy to actually stay on the pitch tonight."