City win at Deepdale but stay 3rd

Last updated : 25 April 2011 By Michael Morris
Peter Whittingham's 6th minute goal was enough to win the game for City and in doing so relegated Preston to League 1. Whittingham was on hand to slot in Craig Bellamy's cross after the City skipper had ran clear down the right channel. 

City continued to rip Preston apart but could not nail a second goal. Time and time again City broke with pace but Preston blocked and as the half ended Whittingham put a similar chance to his goal wide of the post.

Preston's attacks were few and far between in the first half but their best efforts saw a chance hit the post and as the attacker looked to prod the ball into the net it hit his own player. Tom Heaton, starting in place of Stephen Bywater, thought he had been fouled and ran to the ref and placed hands on his shoulders thus earning himself a booking. 

HT Preston 0 - 1 Cardiff City

Preston were on the offensive in the second half pumping ball after ball into the City box. Mark Hudson played most of the second half after Kevin McNaughton went off injured. City did fashion several chances with Vhris Burke nearly scoring a superstar goal but the keeper blocked and Olofinjana headed just over and just wide. 

The fans were delirious with the news from Norwich that twice Derby had levelled and City were heading second.   As we saw out 5 mins of injury time to finally get the full time whistle Norwich went and scored to best Derby. Devastating. 

So we stay 3rd still a point behind Norwich with two games to go. Cardiff play first next Monday with a must win home game against Middlesbrough (5:15pm) Norwich then face Portsmouth at Fratton Park at 7:45pm. Hopefully a Cardiff win will put enough pressure on Norwich to see them slip up.

We also condemned Preston to relegation with our victory and Palace winning over Leeds. QPR are still not promoted after drawing at home with Hull. 

So another week of speculating and hoping. I feel sick.