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19/04/2005

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."


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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.