Macclesfield boss Steve King issued a hands-off warning to anyone interested in Matthew Barnes-Homer after the striker's double fired the Silkmen into the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
"People wrote Barnes-Homer off and said he wasn't going to score but I believed in him,'' said King. "You have to know your players and how to nurture them and what their needs are. Matthew is an unusual character sometimes but I know how to handle him and how to get the best out of him.
"That's 20 goals he's scored now and time and time again he's dug us out. I said before the game that sometimes you won't see him and then 'bang' he'll score. He's not for sale and we are in the process of a new contract for him because he's earned it. He took a huge wage cut to come here so he deserves it.
"It was probably the most emotional I've been in a game and to come from behind with eight minutes to go was incredible. We were pushing for the last 20 minutes and to not have got something would have been a tragedy.
"I'd love to get Liverpool in the next round and go away to Anfield because I was always a Liverpool fan.''
Cardiff boss Malky Mackay said: "We picked a team here that we felt was capable of winning the game and I thought there were some fantastic performances. They got to five minutes to go and they just switched off and that lost us the game - but they will learn from that.
"I don't regret picking this team, I think they did wonderfully. I thought all the youngsters at the back were fantastic and Declan John has shown he has exceptional potential for Cardiff going forward. Both teams tried to play the ball but Stephen McPhail has that extra bit of class which really helped the youngsters.
"We have a dressing room of very disappointed players but they should be proud of the performance they put in. We can now get our head in the league but I want to wish Macclesfield good luck in the next round, they were fantastic.''