Cardiff boss Dave Jones glad to delay QPR promotion

Cardiff manager Dave Jones said they were determined not to let Queen's Park Rangers clinch promotion in Saturday's 2-2 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Neil Warnock's Championship side needed victory to book their return to the Premier League after a 15-year absence.

But QPR must now wait until at least Monday's home game with Hull to confirm automatic promotion.

"They weren't going to come here and celebrate, that was the one thing they weren't going to do," Jones said.

"You've had the champagne, you've had your BBC cameras in there and all that rubbish that goes with it [promotion].

"This is our place and they weren't going to do that, so if they want to do it [they must] go back to their own place."

Cardiff led twice through Jay Bothroyd's sublime left-foot shot into the far top corner and then Craig Bellamy's close-range rocket.

But each time QPR replied through Adel Taarabt to draw level with two excellent strikes, although Jones was less than impressed with the Moroccan midfielder's all-round contribution.

"He did nothing but score two goals, absolutely nothing," Jones added.

"He's a good player and the sign of a good player is when you don't do anything and pop up with two goals... if anything, out of the 22 players out there I thought he was the poorest on show."

The point apiece does at least guarantee Cardiff's participation in the end of season play-offs, if they cannot overtake Norwich - a point ahead of the Bluebirds in the second automatic promotion spot.

"It's a point gained... but I thought we took the game to them, scored good goals, could have had more, should have had a penalty," Jones said.

"It was a terrific advert for Championship football but it was never going to be easy.

"I don't think the 26,000 fans that were here today could complain about an advert for football and our home fans certainly gave it everything they had, and so did we."

Cardiff travel to face relegation-battling Preston North End on Monday, while QPR have that encounter against the Tigers with Warnock hoping their defending improves from Saturday's showing.

"We defended like fairies in the first half but the first two goals could have come straight out of the Premier League," Warnock said.

"We played on the front foot in the second half and Adel Taarabt scored a deserved equaliser.

"We had no stars and to come back twice against Cardiff at a full house was outstanding.

"It has been a long season and the Championship is the hardest to get out of but I would rather come to Cardiff than go to Scunthorpe because of the atmosphere and our fans today were terrific.

"It was a super match and no one deserved to win, I have a lot of pride in all my players because we enjoyed today's battle."