Cardiff City will be aiming to shut the door on Leicester City's hopes of reaching the Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Final when the two teams meet in the second leg of their semi at the Cardiff City Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Bluebirds squeezed a 1-0 win in the first leg at the Walkers Stadium on Sunday and, with home advantage for the second encounter, they will be favourites to go through as Leicester Manager Nigel Pearson acknowledges.

But Pearson's opposite number Dave Jones refuses to accept the 'favourites' tag as he looks to guide his team to a Wembley Final and the possibility of taking Cardiff up to the top flight for the first time in half a century.

"All we've done so far is get a foot in the door and take a peek behind it," said Jones, who was a Play-Offs loser as well as a winner with previous club Wolverhampton Wanderers. "Can we open the door and close it behind us? That's the question now.

"We got it tactically right in the first leg, but there were no big celebrations in our dressing room because we know that we still have a lot of hard work to do - and the pressure of playing at home will make the second game even more intense.

"I have nothing but admiration for my players after coming this far, but now we have to go again because we haven't achieved anything yet. The lads worked hard for Sunday's win - and they will have to work even harder in the second leg."

Foxes boss Pearson will make sure it's hard for the Bluebirds as he sends his team out with a mission to overturn their first leg deficit and claim a big enough victory to earn a place in the Final and the chance to complete two successive promotions.

"There are 90 minutes to go and we are one goal down," said Pearson, "but there's a lot of football left in this tie. My players were obviously disappointed after the first game, but there are a lot of positives we can take into the next one.

"We know we are up against a decent side and they will go into the game as favourites, as I feel they were anyway. We know we can cause them problems though, and the second game should be a tight affair like the first one was.

"Our players have worked so hard this season, but I know that they have a lot more to give in this tie. We know what we have to do and we'll aim to be on the front foot for the whole game - and why can't we win it? This tie isn't over yet."

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