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Last Updated: Monday, 24 February, 2003, 17:39 GMT
Port Vale 0-2 Cardiff

Impressive Cardiff got their promotion campaign firmly back on track and pushed sorry Port Vale deep into relegation trouble after this fine win.

City dominated the first half and Vale would have been happy to be just 1-0 down at the interval.

Cardiff took a 35th minute lead when Graham Kavanagh curled a free kick towards the near post where Gavin Gordon was on hand to force the ball over the line.

Kavanagh then struck the post with a long-range free kick and delivered a stoppage-time corner which Scott Young smashed against the bar.

Vale mounted a charge at the start of the second period with Marc Bridge-Wilkinson firing narrowly over and Neil Brisco wasting a gilt-edged chance.

But the game was over in the 65th minute when Kavanagh's corner was headed home by the unmarked Peter Thorne from six yards.

Vale, to their credit, mounted a late rally which saw Steve McPhee fire over from six yards and Sam Collins force a terrific save out of Neil Alexander, but Cardiff held on to leave Vale Park with all three points.


Port Vale: Delaney, Carragher, Clarke, Collins, Rowland, Brisco, Boyd, Bridge-Wilkinson, Armstrong, McPhee, Brooker. Subs: Goodlad, Durnin, Burns, Paynter, Littlejohn.

Cardiff: Alexander, Weston, Barker, Young, Croft, Bonner, Boland, Thorne, Earnshaw, Gordon, Kavanagh. Subs: Legg, Bowen, Mahon, Jenkins, Margetson.

Referee: P Taylor (Hertfordshire)




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