Crewe open 5 point gap. The pressure is on.

Last updated : 22 April 2003 By Michael Morris
What a battle for the second automatic promotion place. Crewe's win has put them 5 points ahead of City and a 10th win in the last 12 for QPR mean that Rangers are level on points with Cardiff.

Wigan 441372361615523199642
Crewe 4411472818145347218436
Cardiff 4312553320115534207927
QPR 441435381997630267923
Oldham 4410663518119228197826
Bristol City 431353391596736317729
Tranmere 44135435228682532746

Wigan have alrady been crowned champions and the 3 - 1 win over Oldham today looks to have ended any hope of automatic promotion that Ian Dowie may have had. Oldham need two wins with Crewe having two loses and a 10 goal difference overturned. Cardiff and QPR would have to drop points as well.

Tranmere in 7th place have not given up on a play off place. If Cardiff win at Bristol City then Tranmere will only be three points behind Bristol with both teams having two games to play.

There is still a long way to go in this race. Lets take a look at some of the possibilities.

A win for Cardiff at Bristol City tonight will guarantee that Bristol cannot make second place. Also a Cardiff win would mean that along with Crewe we are the only two teams who can control their own destiny by winning their remaining games to go up.

A draw between Bristol and Cardiff would mean it's still mathematically possible for Bristol to finish second but other results and a swing in goal difference would need to go in their favour. Cardiff would still be able to go up automatically but it would rely on Crewe not winning on Saturday.

Cardiff could still lose and go up automatically, the combination of results gets very complicated. City would have to win their last two games. Crewe lose at QPR, then QPR lose or draw their last game, Bristol would also have to drop points as well.

We won't know for sure if it will go to the last game until the games on Saturday have been played. What is certain though is that Cardiff really need to win to keep themselves in with a better than average chance. If we do not win tonight and Crewe win at QPR then the play offs are the best we can hope for.

After watching the 0 - 2 at Peterborough and the 0 - 3 at home to Colchester it's time for Cardiff City to put in the performance of their lives, in fact three such performaces.

Bank Holiday Monday results

Ince og 33
Sorvel 34
Hulse 62
Attend: 9,396
Half-time: 1-1
Blinkhorn 30 , 43
Taylor 90
Clarke 13
Larkin 46
White 86
Attend: 6,173
Half-time: 2-1
Duff 86
Clarke 64
Attend: 4,809
Half-time: 0-0
Antoine-Curier 36 , 55
Attend: 3,296
Half-time: 0-1
Howard 14 , 45 , 90
Griffiths 21
Nicholls pen 43
Attend: 3,967
Half-time: 0-4
Port Vale1Wycombe1
Littlejohn 5
Harris 57
Attend: 3,590
Half-time: 1-0
QPR2Notts County0
Furlong 16
Langley 90
Attend: 13,585
Half-time: 1-0
Daly 79
Wilbraham 81
Booth 3
Attend: 7,159
Half-time: 0-1
Nicholson pen 59
Haworth 60
Anderson 90
Hay 90
Attend: 7,348
Half-time: 0-0
Roberts 9 , 80
Bullard 71
Andrews 1
Attend: 12,783
Half-time: 1-1