Hudson's wonder strike leaves Mackay purring
Cardiff manager Malky Mackay hailed Mark Hudson after his incredible strike inched the Bluebirds closer to securing a play-off place.
Joe Mason bagged a 24th-minute opener for his 11th goal of the season before captain Hudson scored from an astonishing 68 yards after the interval. The stunning effort from well inside his own half left Derby goalkeeper Frank Fielding stranded and evoked memories of David Beckham's strike for Manchester United against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park in August 1996. And Mackay believes Hudson's wonder goal in the 63rd minute was deliberate after his sixth-placed side moved four points clear of rivals Middlesbrough with just two league matches remaining. "It was a real good piece of skill. Mark stepped out from the back ahead of the attacker, looked up and absolutely meant it. He executed it," Mackay said. "Mark is an accomplished footballer and he saw him off the line. I'm delighted for him and the goal capped off an exceptional performance. "It's a great three points for us because it keeps the momentum going. We have 10 points out of 12 and we have the longest unbeaten run of eight games in the division. We know three more points will seal our play-off place. We have a tough game against Leeds on Saturday and we will concentrate on that, rather than look at other results."