Cardiff gain shoot-out win
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Cardiff denied Bournemouth a second Carling Cup penalty shoot-out success.Cardiff City denied Bournemouth a second Carling Cup penalty shoot-out success following a thrilling 3-3 draw at Dean Court.
Bluebirds goalkeeper Neil Alexander saved Marcus Browning's sudden-death spot-kick after Chris Barker had piled the pressure on the League One club, who had knocked out Blackburn Rovers in a shoot-out in the second round.
Earlier in the game, James Hayter scored twice for The Cherries, either side of goals from Alan Lee and Lee Bullock for the visitors.
Cameron Jerome appeared to have done enough to send Cardiff through with a goal in extra time but Brian Stock whipped home a free kick two minutes from time after Tony Vidmar had been sent off for the visitors.
The Cherries enjoyed a dream start on home soil when the impressive Hayter struck home a left foot shot on eight minutes after being played through by Gareth O'Connor.
Cardiff felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Bournemouth keeper Neil Moss clattered in to Peter Thorne while his opposite number Alexander survived a scare after hitting a clearance against Hayter.
The Championship club levelled the contest on 24 minutes when Graham Kavanagh played in Thorne to cross for Lee to head in at the far post.
The hosts then had a goal disallowed after Steve Fletcher was adjudged to have fouled Tony Vidmar prior to heading home.
While Bournemouth started brightly in the first half, it was Cardiff who were out of the blocks the quickest in the second by moving in front on 49 minutes through Bullock's far post header from a corner.
Sean O'Driscoll's side huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser with the lively Hayter firing over, a feat matched by his team-mate Stock.
Kavanagh curled a free kick narrowly wide for Cardiff before Bournemouth sent the match in to extra time in dramatic fashion.
The effervescent John Spicer found space to deliver a cross for Hayter to glance home his 13th goal of the campaign.
Cardiff appeared to have clinched the game in the 108th minute when Jerome latched on to Lee's pass and coolly lifted the ball over Moss.
But, with two minutes remaining, Vidmar was sent off for a second bookable offence and Stock curled in the resulting free kick to earn a penalty shoot-out for the hosts.
Both sides missed their first penalties in the shoot-out, with Moss denying Kavanagh and Stock striking the post prior to Browning's weak penalty condemning The Cherries to a third round exit.