Cardiff set up a Wembley showdown with Blackpool for the right to join the Barclays Premier League after triumphing over a resilient Leicester side on penalties in a rollercoaster play-off semi-final.
Leading 1-0 thanks to Peter Whittingham's exquisite free-kick in Sunday's first leg at the Walkers Stadium, the Foxes found themselves with a mountain to climb as Michael Chopra doubled the Bluebirds' advantage. But, aided by the unplayable Steve Howard, they fought back to take a 3-2 aggregate lead courtesy of Matty Fryatt, an own goal from Mark Hudson and Andy King.
Yet, in a dramatic tussle to match that off Nottingham Forest and Blackpool on Tuesday night, Whittingham took the tie to extra time with his 25th of the season from the penalty spot and David Marshall made saves from Yann Kermorgant and Martyn Waghorn to claim the win.
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