Cardiff boss Malky Mackay blamed referee Mike Dean for making a terrible decision in disallowing his side a crucial goal in their 1-0 Carling Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Crystal Palace. Mackay confirmed Dean had ruled out Kenny Miller's leveller for a Joe Mason foul on Julian Speroni, a decision the Bluebirds boss claimed the referee made out of fear he had wrongly awarded Cardiff a corner.

He said: "The referee has made a howler because he's probably thought he made a mistake giving the corner, so he's made amends for that.

"Nobody's touched the goalkeeper. Nobody's anywhere near him. Nobody can believe it after we've stuck it into the net. No-one, to a man, can believe the decision, but it's happened.

"It's quite unbelievable. I've seen it from three or four angles but he's blown with the ball having hardly left the boy's foot for the corner."

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