Filipino goalkeeper becomes first Southeast Asian player in English Premier League

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If Cardiff fail to win and Fulham claim three points at Birmingham, the Cottagers will go up in second place. "It's creating history. I'm very proud of my national team, we've got to the Asian Cup for the first time and I'm the first south-east Asian player to get promoted and, hopefully, to play in the Premier League next season".

"It's the biggest achievement in my 38-year career by an absolute mile".

Warnock, one of the most charismatic managers in the English game, gets a fourth shot in charge of a Premier League club after stints with Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace. "I've not slept for longer than about three hours".

Aston Villa and Middlesbrough - who will face each other in the play-offs - both failed to win, the former losing 1-0 at Millwall while Boro needed a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at Ipswich Town.

"The team has been strong all year and to finish the way that we did was fantastic", he told Cardiff City FC reporters.

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As one of veteran manager and promotion specialist Neil Warnock's early summer signings, Etheridge truly made a mark in the team not tipped by many to achieve automatic promotion this season.

"Yeah, I would have said that in the past", Warnock agreed, as he took time out on Friday for the preparations for the home decider against Reading.

The tie coupled with the 3-1 defeat of Etheridge's former club Fulham to Birmingham enabled the Cardiff to secure second place in the table and join Championship victor Wolves in clinching berths to the Premiership, the top competition of the English football system.

A legitimate chance came in the 19th minute for the hosts as midfielder Junior Hoilett narrowly missed a curling effort.