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Cardiff City 1 Leeds 1

Played on: Saturday 21st April 2012

Today I won the least satisfying £10.50 ever. If Cardiff had beaten Leeds in the early kick-off then we would have been guaranteed playoffs. Sadly we drew one-all after again surrendering a goal lead in a match. We’re the club that has dropped the most points from leading positions this season which is very annoying.

Anyway, despite drawing we could still have been confirmed a playoff spot if Middlesbrough failed to beat second placed Southampton. With this is mind I thought I’d stick a fiver on Boro to win. Happy if they lose or draw as we would be guaranteed playoffs, happy if they won as I’d be over a tener up. It turned out that Middlesbrough did win to keep us on edge going into the final game next week and to be honest, I’d have much preferred to have lost my fiver in that sense but hey ho.

Applause for former Cardiff manager Eddie May who sadly passed away last week

Before kick-off there was a minute’s applause in memory of former Cardiff manager Eddie May who sadly passed away last week. Liam Lawrence had the first effort for the Bluebirds but his shot was easily saved by the impressive Andy Lonergan in the Leeds goal. Ex-City forward Ross McCormack then missed a great chance to give the Yorkshire side the lead with his header going just wide of the post.

But the Bluebirds were dominant in the first-half and took the lead on 41 minutes through Joe Mason. The youngster, who signed a new four-year deal this week, raced onto Peter Whittingham’s long pass and lobbed the ball over the advancing Lonergan from inside the box. Miller then had an 18-yard strike saved by the Leeds keeper in first-half stoppage time.

For some reason Cardiff seemed lethargic after the break and couldn’t get a foothold in the game. Leeds, with renewed purpose, went close through Thompson, Becchio and Pugh before Cardiff finally had a second-half chance of their own 70 minutes in. Andrew Taylor’s goal-bound volley was well saved by Lonergan who was to thank for his side leaving with a point. The away side dealt City’s playoffs hopes a blow when Becchio headed in from a corner 15 minutes from time.

The draw denied City from confirming a place in the playoffs

Leeds deserved their point and Cardiff are now unbeaten in nine games; however six of those have been draws. It’s a shame that we couldn’t secure a playoff spot today as it would have taken the pressure off us going into the final game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Fingers crossed we can get the job done there.

The manager and owners thanked fans after the final home game of the season. TG still remembers that Liverpool score then!

The manager and owners thanked fans after the final home game of the season. TG still remembers that Liverpool score then!

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton (Blake – 90′ )
  • 03 Taylor
  • 05 Hudson
  • 25 Turner
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 13 Lawrence
  • 17 Gunnarsson Booked
  • 37 McPhail (Kiss – 64′ )
  • 09 Miller (Earnshaw – 90′ )
  • 20 Mason

Substitutes

  • 22 Heaton
  • 04 Kiss
  • 23 Blake
  • 52 Ralls
  • 10 Earnshaw

Leeds United

  • 01 Lonergan
  • 04 Bruce
  • 22 Lees
  • 26 Bromby (Connolly – 32′ )
  • 33 Robinson
  • 15 Clayton Booked (Nunez – 60′ )
  • 16 Pugh
  • 29 Thompson
  • 10 Becchio
  • 23 Snodgrass
  • 44 McCormack (Webber – 59′ )

Substitutes

  • 02 Connolly
  • 31 Taylor
  • 20 Nunez
  • 18 Forssell
  • 25 Webber
Ref: Halsey
Att: 25,109
Permission for pictures given by Jon Candy
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Cardiff City 2 Derby County 0

Played on: Tuesday 17th April 2012

Mark Hudson take a bow! That is the best Cardiff goal I have probably ever seen. Most definitely from the furthest out! The BBC have said ‘Cardiff’s Hudson scores goal like Beckham’…I’m sorry but Golden Balls has got nothing on Hudson’s 68-yard strike.

Yesterday’s win over Derby coupled with Boro only managing a draw with relegated Doncaster means we’re within touching distance of the playoffs. The win was superb and in case you haven’t heard, Hudson scored from inside his own half! I’ve fallen in love with this goal if you hadn’t already noticed.

The win means the Bluebirds are a step closer to claiming a playoff spot

Malky Mackay told his team to win last night in memory of Eddie May and the former manager’s name was chanted out from the stands. Kenny Miller had the first good chance of the game but Frank Fielding in the Derby goal tipped his 18-yard shot past the post. The visitors thought they had opened the scoring 14 minutes in when Nathan Tyson put the ball in the net, but thankfully the striker was deemed to be in an offside position.

Aron Gunnarsson then tried his luck from distance and his brilliant half-volley was tipped over by Fielding. And the Bluebirds broke the deadlock on 24 minutes through Joe Mason. The youngster scored the rebound after Miller’s shot cannoned back off the post.

Derby refused to lie down and had shots of goal from Jeff Hendrick, Tom Naylor and Jake Buxton before City doubled their advantage in emphatic fashion 63 minutes in with THAT goal. Hudson brought down a poor Fielding kick and with the County keeper off his line and the crowd shouting shoot, the Cardiff skipper audaciously tried his luck. From 68-yards the central-defenders shot flew into the back of the net, evading the backtracking Derby keeper to send fans and players alike wild. This has to be the goal of the season as far as I’m concerned and here’s a link below to the goal which is a must see.

Hudson’s wonder goal

The players pile of goalscorer Hudson after he scores from inside his own half

David Marshall made two great saves late on to maintain Cardiff’s clean-sheet before Robert Earnshaw had a shot blocked at the other end as he looked for a goal against his former club.

Malky, "How the hell did you manage that?"

This was a massive win for the Bluebirds and Boro’s defeat means a place in the playoffs is all but ours. I think two points from a possible six will be enough for us, but all too often we’ve messed things up at the business end of the season.  Here’s hoping we can finish in the playoff places for the third consecutive year. Come on City…

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton Booked
  • 03 Taylor
  • 05 Hudson
  • 25 Turner
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 13 Lawrence
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 37 McPhail (Ralls – 54′ )
  • 09 Miller (Earnshaw – 69′ )
  • 20 Mason (Blake – 79′ )

Substitutes

  • 22 Heaton
  • 23 Blake
  • 27 Harris
  • 52 Ralls
  • 10 Earnshaw

Derby County

  • 01 Fielding
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Shackell
  • 17 Buxton
  • 31 Naylor (Brayford – 46′ )
  • 04 Bryson
  • 23 Hendrick
  • 32 Green
  • 09 Tyson Booked
  • 10 Ward (S Davies – 49′ )
  • 21 Robinson (Bailey – 83′ )

Substitutes

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 02 Brayford
  • 16 Bailey
  • 19 Carroll
  • 07 S Davies
Ref: Probert
Att: 21,216
 Permission for pictures given by Jon Candy

Tribute to Eddie May

RIP Eddie May, the former Cardiff City manager who died in his sleep on Saturday, aged 68.

Eddie May

Eddie became a Bluebirds legend during a four-year stint as manager of the club between 1991 and 1995. During his time at Ninian Park he led the club to the Division Three title and Welsh Cup double in 1993.

The most famous win under May’s reign was the 1-0 FA Cup victory against Manchester City. Nathan Blake scored the winner that day and the former City striker has said that May was the best manager he ever played for and that the club should name a stand in his name.

“Eddie was a great manager, the best I ever played for,” said Blake. “I do hope the club do something to honour him and I believe naming a stand after him would be the perfect way to do that.

“Eddie was so popular among Cardiff supporters and everyone who worked with him at the club that it would be very fitting. Eddie was a diamond in my opinion and everyone has been left saddened by the news of his death.”

RIP Eddie May (1943-2012)

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