What the managers said

Last updated : 08 January 2005 By Michael Morris

Mark Hughes

"We did ok in the initial period, scored a goal and looked quite comfortable but Cardiff came back into it and put us under pressure.

"I think we should have kicked on and closed the game out quickly after our goal but credit to Cardiff because they stuck to their task. In the second half I thought we settled down again and saw out the game quite comfortably and it means we are still in the hat.

"We are pleased to still be involved because if you look at some of the other results today they have gone against Premiership sides. So we are happy to take them back to Ewood Park, but if we are to get through our passing will need to be much better."

Lennie Lawrence

"They will be favourite as they were today but if it's a battle then we can battle. We can also play a little bit as well, so we will go up there with realistic hopes.

"There is no doubt Mark Hughes has improved Blackburn. He has made them difficult to beat, while they are good on the counter attack, as most Premiership teams are. But we held our own today and their home record is not brilliant, so you never know."

"If somebody had said to me before the game that we would concede a poor goal in the first few minutes then I would have said we would have gone out. So it's credit to the players that they pulled themselves together to get the draw. I will settle for coming from behind against a Premiership team that don't score that many but don't concede too many either."