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Last Updated: Monday, 17 April 2006, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Crewe 1-1 Cardiff
Jason Koumas curled home a fine equaliser for Cardiff
Jason Koumas curled home a fine equaliser for Cardiff
Crewe were relegated to League One despite a battling draw with Cardiff.

David Vaughan gave the home fans hope of survival with a 30-yard thunderbolt that flew past Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Alexander on 58 minutes.

But Sheffield Wednesday's 2-0 win at Brighton sealed Crewe's fate, no matter what the result was at Gresty Road.

That meant a fine equaliser from Jason Koumas, curled home right-footed, was largely irrelevant and merely served to rub salt into Crewe's wounds.

  • Crewe manager Dario Gradi:
    "We'll go on, life goes on. It's actually exciting - that's the best way to look at it.

    "We'll work hard and regroup. I've made some mistakes but I've done the best I could with what we have.

    "The players are quiet in the dressing room and that's how it should be. They all know they have tried their best."

  • Cardiff manager Dave Jones:
    "I don't take any pleasure whatsoever in doing our bit with Crewe relegated, it's not my fault today it's over a season.

    "I've got a lot of time for Dario and I think he's done a fantastic job here - it's not a nice feeling for me and you just don't know what to say to him.

    "It was a good game of football today and I think both sides tried to play it the right way."

    Crewe: Turnbull, Otsemobor, Bougherra (McCready 85), Foster, Billy Jones, Lunt, Grant (Roberts 43), Vaughan, Steve Jones, Taylor, Rodgers (Johnson 76). Subs Not Used: Tomlinson, Varney.

    Goals: Vaughan 58.

    Cardiff: Alexander, Scimeca, Cox, Loovens, Ledley, Darlington, Koumas, Whitley (Blake 87), Parry, Thompson, Jerome. Subs Not Used: Margetson, Barker, Cooper, Ndumbu-Nsungu.

    Goals: Koumas 76.

    Att: 5,865

    Ref: J Moss (West Yorkshire).

    Interview: Crewe boss Dario Gradi


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