Football

Penalty joy for Bluebirds

Penalty joy for Bluebirds (©PAphotos)
Penalty joy for Bluebirds (©PAphotos).

Paul Quinn scored the decisive spot-kick as Cardiff progressed to the fourth round of the Carling Cup 7-6 on penalties against Leicester following a 2-2 draw.

Quinn, who had been nursing a groin injury for most of extra-time, slotted home the winner after Gelson Fernandes had missed for the Foxes.

Don Cowie opened the scoring for Cardiff with a header, only for Steve Howard to poke home his first goal of the season to equalise. Lloyd Dyer slammed in Leicester's second before Rudy Gestede's first goal for Cardiff forced extra-time.

Fernandes skied his penalty, allowing Quinn to win the match with the 14th spot-kick.

Adam Lallana climbed off the bench to fire Southampton into the fourth round and to a 15th successive home victory as Preston were beaten 2-1.

England Under-21 international Lallana found the net barely a minute after entering the fray to send League One Preston tumbling out.

Saints went ahead in the 27th minute when Preston failed to deal with a far-post corner from Lee Holmes. Teenager Ben Reeves headed back across goal and Dutch centre-half Jos Hooiveld, who is on loan from Celtic, reacted first in the six-yard box to tuck the loose ball home.

But Preston came up with a shock leveller six minutes after the interval when Saints keeper Bartosz Bialkowski could only parry a shot from Darel Russell and Adam Barton squeezed in the rebound.

But Adkins turned to Lallana in the 66th minute, and the move paid immediate dividends.

With his first touch, the newcomer pushed the ball out to Holmes and then raced into the area to get on the end of the winger's cross at the near post and head in the winner.

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Topics:
Leicester City
Paul Quinn
Ben Reeves
Football
Don Cowie
Championship
League One
League Cup
Lee Holmes
Southampton
Lloyd Dyer
Cardiff City
Preston North End
Steve Howard
Adam Lallana
Darel Russell
Gelson

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