City Flashback - 2010 | Ledley hits the winner at QPR
As the Bluebirds prepare to host Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday evening at Cardiff City Stadium, we look back on a memorable goal against the R’s.
With just three games left in the 2009-2010 season, Dave Jones’ side travelled to Loftus Road looking to secure a place in the Championship play-offs.
In an end-to-end contest, the Bluebirds had chances through strikers Jay Bothroyd and Ross McCormack, with City icon Peter Whittingham also denied by Rangers goalkeeper Radek Cerny.
It was one of our own that found the way through. Cardiff-born midfielder Joe Ledley broke the deadlock, characteristically arriving late in the box to finish shrewdly from former Republic of Ireland international Mark Kennedy’s cutback. The Welsh international went on to net 30 goals for the club during his 256 appearances in all competitions. Ledley’s strike secured a decisive three points for City, as the play-off spot was confirmed.
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💙 @joe16led nets late on to the delight of the travelling support!
As the #Bluebirds prepare to host QPR on Wednesday evening at CCS, we look back on a memorable goal against the R’s ➡️ https://t.co/JqLqa74Hxz#CityAsOne pic.twitter.com/fztnkj2xft
At the end of the season, champions Newcastle United were promoted after accumulating 102 points in a stellar campaign and were joined by runners-up West Bromwich Albion.
With the Bluebirds securing a fourth-place finish, a play-off tie with Leicester City was set up, which City took an upper-hand in with a 1-0 victory in the first leg from that PW7 free-kick!
In a dramatic second leg, Jones’ side fell to a 3-2 defeat at CCS to take the game to penalties, with Michael Chopra, McCormack, Ledley and Kennedy all converting to send City to Wembley.
In front of 82,244 fans at the final, the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on promotion against Blackpool.
Despite the sadness in falling at the final hurdle, Ledley’s strike at QPR was one of many memorable moments from an action filled Championship season for the Bluebirds.