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Last Updated: Friday, 19 November, 2004, 22:13 GMT
Cardiff 0-1 Preston
Preston goalscorer Youl Mawene tangles with Cardiff's Paul Parry
Preston goalscorer Youl Mawene tangles with Cardiff's Paul Parry
Youl Mawene's first goal for Preston ended an 18-match wait for an away win.

The French defender struck after 14 minutes when his near post volley from Graham Alexander's low corner deflected into the net off home striker Alan Lee.

Cardiff had begun brightly, and felt aggrieved when Lee had a goal rule out for handball after just six minutes.

Preston goalkeeper Jonathon Gould was kept busy all game, saving well from Lee, Joe Ledley, Lee Bullock and then James Collins in injury time.

  • Preston manager Billy Davies:
    "We have played better than that and lost. We knew they would throw everything at us in the second half, but our defence coped very well.

    "I wouldn't have been happy with a draw, and I'm very pleased that at least the fans who travelled tonight can go home happy."

  • Cardiff full-back Darren Williams:
    "We gave ourselves an uphill battle after going one down early on, and as a team we never produced.

    "We gave every effort but we let ourselves down by not creating clear scoring opportunities.

    "We have a lot of youngsters in the side and it is difficult for them as there is a lot of pressure on us to do well at home.

    "As a team we defended well but created nothing. A goal from a set-piece is disappointing but we have to put it down to being just one of those nights."

    Cardiff: Warner, Williams (Weston 72), Gabbidon, Collins, Barker (Thomas 82), McAnuff, Bullock, Boland (Jerome 61), Ledley, Lee, Parry.
    Subs Not Used: Vidmar, Alexander.

    Preston: Gould, Curtis (Daley 52), Mawene, Lucketti, Broomes, Alexander, O'Neil, McKenna, Lewis, Cresswell, Agyemang (Davidson 73).
    Subs Not Used: O'Neill, McCormack, Ward.

    Booked: Cresswell, Lewis.

    Goals: Mawene 14.

    Att: 10,950

    Ref: P Crossley (Kent).

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