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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 April, 2005, 20:40 GMT 21:40 UK
Leicester 1-1 Cardiff
Neal Ardley salvaged a crucial point for relegation-threatened Cardiff.

David Connolly gave Leicester a first half lead, squeezing in a left-footed shot from the tightest of angles for his 11th goal of the season.

But 10 minutes after the break Ardley got his first for the club, curling in a free kick from just outside the box.

Dion Dublin hit the bar, before Nikos Dabizas was sent off for a second bookable offence. James Collins narowly missed a Cardiff winner near the end.


  • Leicester manager Craig Levein:
    "I didn't think a draw was a fair result. I thought we played excellently and even when down to 10 men we still had a couple of fair chances.

    "We've got 50 points now and with one more win we will definitely be safe.

    "I can only think the referee saw the [sending off] incident from a different angle and mistakenly thought Nikos had played the man instead of the ball.

    "From where I was standing it certainly looked as though Nikos had got the ball."

  • Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence:
    "We started okay and then got battered for half an hour but thanks to our goalkeeper [Neil Alexander] we were kept in the game.

    "We had stood off them and they played around us, causing us problems, but I felt in the second half we were the better team and deserved our goal.

    "We have stopped the rot after a couple of defeats, but we are not out of it by any means."


    Leicester: Walker, Kenton (Stearman 82), Dabizas, McCarthy, Maybury, Hughes (Gillespie 86), Williams, Nalis, Tiatto, Connolly (de Vries 90), Dublin. Subs Not Used: Moore, Hirschfeld.

    Sent Off: Dabizas (81).

    Booked: Dabizas, Maybury, McCarthy, Stearman.

    Goals: Connolly 33.

    Cardiff: Alexander, Vidmar, Collins, Gabbidon, Barker, Ardley (Ledley 90), Boland, Langley, McAnuff, Thorne, Jerome (Lee 64). Subs Not Used: Margetson, Parry, Williams.

    Booked: Lee.

    Goals: Ardley 58.

    Att: 21,336

    Ref: P Taylor (Hertfordshire).





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