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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."



232 Appearances in England (175 for Newcastle United, 18 for Leicester in the Premier League and 39 for Leicester in the Championship). Total League-Cup-Europe appearances 550. National Team appearances 70. Goals total 40.