Cardiff City are going to Cardiff!

Last updated : 14 May 2003 By

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Cardiff City have made it through to the final of the Nationwide Second Division play-offs, after a gutsy 0-0 second leg draw at Ashton Gate against near rivals, Bristol City.

The goalless stalemate enables the Welsh side to progress 1-0 on aggregate, following Peter Thorne's solitary strike in last Saturday's first leg.

After a tight, fiercely competitive first half where neither side really created any worthwhile chances, it was the West Country outfit, desperate to restore parity on aggregate who pressed hard in the second half.

However, with man of the match, Cardiff City's centre half Daniel Gabbidon, outstanding, the Robins were reduced to one clear cut opportunity, a Brain Tinnion header that was brilliantly saved low to his right by visiting keeper, Neil Alexander.

As time ticked by, the hosts became more compelled to the long ball game thereafter, but to no avail, and it is Lennie Lawrence who will be leading his side out at the Millennium Stadium on May 25th, where they will face either Queens Park Rangers or Oldham Athletic for a place in next season's First Division.

For Bristol City, a disappointing evening ends with them consigned to another campaign in the second division next term, their fifth in succession.

Thorne: His goal in the first leg was enough to seal play-off final place

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