Booby Gould takes the blame. Website reaction

Last updated : 25 April 2004 By Michael Morris
"There was an error on my part for Cardiff's first goal. I got a hand on it and dropped it. I was as surprised as anyone else when it went in."

Gould was speaking after the game that saw City come back from 2 down. Preston took a 15th minute lead when City were split apart and the again just 20 seconds into the second half City opened up like the Red Sea to allow the Lilywhites to make it 2 - 0.

But it was a cracking strike from Andy Campbell that gave City hope. After scoring last week Campbell was at it again when he picked up the ball 30 yards out and hit a shot that was parried slightly by Jonathan Gould. The ball dropped into the back of the net but no City fan realised it had gone in. It took a full 10 seconds before a cheer went up from the Bill Shankly stand.

5 mins later City were level. Gabbidon headed home superbly from Langley's corner.

The game was a belter, played in full sunshine both teams attacked and there were plenty of chances. Preston hit the woodwork late on and Alan Lee fired inches wide in injury time.

Deepdale is home to the English FA's museum. Not too many City or Wales items to look at but the 1927 final was credited and for any football fan there were treasures aplenty to to satisfy the thirst for history. From the balls used in cup finals to the spitting image head of Gazza and from knitted shirts from 100 years ago right upto the actual goals from Wembley that were used in Euro 96 it added to a great day out.

The draw means that City are now officially out of the play off race. Still to expect a Premiership place so soon is quite ludicrous and to get a top half finish is an incredicle achievement. We were in contention for a play off place until matchday 44 out of 46. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Two more games to go with no pressure. Lee Bullock is playing for his future after his home side York have left themselves in an impossible situation. 6 points from safety with only 2 games to go.

Lennie will play Bullock in the last two games before deciding if he will sign the young midfielder.

There were changes for the game. In came Barker and Weston for Vidmar and Croft. Bullock started ahead of Whalley and Andy Campbell got his chance with Earnie on the bench.

A great stadium, a great comeback, some great goals..

All in all a great day out.