Cardiff City v Southend United, 28 August 2000

Score2-2
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueNinian Park, Cardiff
Attendance7,628
It was a case of the boot being on the other foot for a Cardiff team having come from two down at Barnet two days earlier. The Bank Holiday crowd, already buoyed by the new Sam Hammam era, had even more to cheer when the Bluebirds took an early lead. From a trademark Andy Legg long throw, Phil Whelan's headed clearance fell nicely for Kevin Nugent to head back and find an inviting gap between keeper Andy Woodman and former Bluebird Damon Searle. Legg was again the provider as the home side moved further ahead. His free kick was helped on by Nugent, Scott Young played the ball back across the area for Paul Brayson to tap in. City appeared to be lulled into a false sense of security and Southend - in their orange change colours - gave themselves hope when Kevin Maher reduced the arrears. An error from Mark Walton led to the former Spurs midfielder striking home a low drive. The comeback was complete when David Lee's cross found Leo Roget whose header opened up the Cardiff rearguard; Neil Tolson pounced to score. The big striker nearly turned from hero to villan as he was sent-off towards the close. Andy Legg still had time to crash a shot against the bar but big spending City had to settle for their third consecutive draw.

Goals:

Kevin Nugent 4 G
Paul Brayson 42 G

Goals:

Kevin Maher 54 G
Neil Tolson 74 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Mark Walton
Defender Danny Gabbidon
Defender Scott Young
Defender/Centre back David Greene
Defender/Midfielder Andy Legg
Midfielder Mark Bonner
Midfielder Matt Brazier
Midfielder Jason Fowler
Midfielder Josh Low
Forward Paul Brayson
Forward Kevin Nugent

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Andy Woodman
Defender/Right back Martyn Booty
Defender/Centre back Leo Roget
Defender/Centre back Phil Whelan
Defender/Left back Damon Searle
Midfielder Gordon Connelly
Midfielder David Lee
Midfielder Kevin Maher
Midfielder Mark Tinkler
Forward Neil Tolson

Substitutions:

Jeff Eckhardt for Danny Gabbidon 61
Danny Hill for Jason Fowler 69
Robert Earnshaw for Paul Brayson 79

Substitutions:

David Morley for David Lee 83

Cards:

Danny Gabbidon 2 Y

Cards:

Phil Whelan 50 Y
Neil Tolson 64 Y
Neil Tolson 87 Y
Neil Tolson 87 R

On the bench:

Defender Jeff Eckhardt
Midfielder Danny Hill
Forward Robert Earnshaw

On the bench:

Defender/Midfielder David Morley

Comments:

Paul Brayson's goal was his first since joining City on a permanent basis in the summer. This was the 8th draw in Cardiff's 29th League meeting with the Shrimpers. League Position: 7th

Comments:

The only previous Cardiff - Southend 2-2 draw came on 8 October 1932 at one of United's old grounds - The Kursaal. League Position: 12th