Heartbreak for Leicester against spot on Cardiff

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Dave Jones revealed his Cardiff players did not pay any special attention to practising penalties ahead of their dramatic 4-3 shootout success over Leicester which booked a play-off final showdown with Blackpool.

Leicester came back from the early shock of Michael Chopra's opener to take a 3-2 aggregate lead courtesy of Matt Fryatt, a Mark Hudson own goal and Andy King's header.

Peter Whittingham, who grabbed the only goal in the first leg at the Walkers Stadium, scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-2 on the night and 3-3 overall. And after a goalless period of extra time, the tie was settled from the spot with goalkeeper David Marshall saving well from Yann Kermorgant's chipped penalty and Martyn Waghorn.

"In pro clubs I guarantee players practice it everyday, sometimes I don't see the point in it because you can't recreate what's out there," said Jones.

"You can't go out to the training ground and have 28,000 fans baying for blood and everything else, it's impossible.

"All we said in the huddle was 'Pick your spot, go for it and have no regrets'."

Jones added: "Credit to our stats man, he got all the penalties they took, all the players we thought would take them and gave them to Dave (Marshall). When it comes off it's the best feeling in the world and this is one of those feelings.''

Cardiff now have the opportunity to become the first team outside of England to participate in the Barclays Premier League when they face Blackpool on May 22.

And Jones had nothing but admiration for his players as they prepare for their second trip to Wembley in two years after their FA Cup final defeat to Portsmouth.

"I thought everybody was magnificent," he said. "It's a sad way to lose but a fantastic way to win and I'm just glad that I'm on the other side.

"We'll have a day off on Thursday, back in Friday and then we'll go again."

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