Bluebirds boss happy with point against Baggies

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Cardiff boss Dave Jones hailed his players after they held Championship leaders West Brom to a 1-1 draw.

Peter Whittingham put the Bluebirds in front with an eighth-minute spot-kick but Albion levelled in the fourth minute of added time in the first half when Gianni Zuiverloon scrambled the ball in after it had hit a post.

"A draw was a fair result," said Jones.

"I can't fault my players for the effort they put in and there are a lot of tired legs in the dressing room. I am very proud of all of them and couldn't ask them for any more."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway hailed goalkeeper Matt Gilks for the crucial late penalty save which helped his side beat Middlesbrough 2-0.

Gilks palmed away Scott McDonald's spot-kick eight minutes from the end before the Seasiders doubled the lead given to them in the first half by Brett Ormerod thanks to DJ Campbell's tap-in.

Holloway said: "It was a fantastic save. That secured the victory for us. I said all along that I've got two fantastic keepers here with totally different personalities. There's a calm one, Paul Rachubka, and the excitable one who staked his claim with a great save."

Paulo Sousa has called on his Swansea side to lift themselves quickly after conceding a controversial late goal in the 1-1 draw with Plymouth.

Darren Pratley's opened the scoring for the Swans but Andrea Orlandi handled late on and Dorus De Vries saved Jamie Mackie's penalty only to see the spot-kick retaken after the referee deemed the Dutchman to have been off his line.

De Vries saved again from Damien Johnson but the former Birmingham player scored from the rebound to deny Swansea a vital victory in their play-off push.

Sousa said: "We dominated the game for long spells and played to win - and we had some good chances to do that.

"The boys have come in disappointed because they deserved a lot more. But we need to keep doing our job with the same enthusiasm and playing well wherever we go."

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