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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 January, 2005, 12:04 GMT
Lee craves Cardiff stadium boost
Alan Lee scores for Cardiff in the FA Cup against Blackburn
Lee's header secured Cardiff a 1-1 draw with Blackburn in the Cup
Cardiff City striker Alan Lee hopes the club will have cause for a double celebration on Wednesday.

First the club will discover if they can take the next step towards building a 30,000-seater stadium opposite their present home at Ninian Park.

Said Lee: "It'll be a great boost if things get the final go-ahead."

The Bluebirds will then go hunting for a Premiership scalp as they take on Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup third round replay at Ewood Park.

Lee scored the equaliser at Ninian Park to force a replay in a hard-fought match which could have gone either way.

And Lee said he is expecting a similar encounter, adding: "It's going to be tight.

Without a new stadium this club will simply not be able to kick on into the Premiership or even sustain a regular place in the Championship
Cardiff City chief executive David Temme

"No matter what happens we've got to try to stop them scoring and I think we'll create chances.

"If selected, I'll be looking to get on the scoresheet. I took a lot of confidence from that goal in my first game back so I feel pretty good."

By the time the players take to the field at Blackburn, they should know the fate of their proposed new stadium.

Cardiff County Council will decide upon three of the remaining four planning applications for a retail development upon which the viability of the project rests.

With mounting debts, the club admit they face a troubled future if their plans are shot down by the council.

"Without a new stadium this club will simply not be able to kick on into the Premiership or even sustain a regular place in the Championship," warned club chief executive David Temme.

And Lee added: "The players hear bits of news about the stadium - but not much more than is common knowledge.

"We've heard positive and negatives things. It'll be a great boost for the players if it goes through."






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