Cardiff manager Malky Mackay saluted his players after brushing aside Blackburn in a 3-0 victory to extend their lead to seven points over Hull at the top of the npower Championship.

Goals from Fraizer Campbell, Joe Mason and a Peter Whittingham penalty secured three valuable points for the Bluebirds. Cardiff now lie 11 points clear of third-placed Watford, who face Hull at the KC Stadium on Tuesday.

It was a performance which left Mackay beaming with delight. He said: "I'm absolutely delighted with the position we're in and this win gives us that little gap with seven games to go.

"I've a group who have been up there for four months to be analysed, criticised, shot at, ignored and studied, but we have stayed in the top position. We have shown a great character and mentality within our team.

"We are fighting every inch to make sure we give our supporters the dream they want. The performance and result was very pleasing.

"We started really well and we were relentless. We looked like a team that dominated from start to finish. That doesn't happen too many weeks in this division."

Cardiff suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Peterborough last time out, but three more points towards their promotion dream were never in doubt here.

Rovers caretaker Gary Bowyer, whose side have not won in 10 matches and lie dangerously close to the drop zone, said: "The club were relegated from the Premier League last season so we know what it feels like. We don't want it to happen again this time.

"My overriding emotion is one of disappointment. We withstood an enormous amount of pressure in the first half, but I thought the first goal was a foul on the goalkeeper.

"We are not getting those decisions at the moment."