Championship
Cardiff0Millwall0

Cardiff City 0-0 Millwall

Cardiff City's Joe Ralls takes on Millwall's Alan Dunne
Cardiff City's Joe Ralls takes on Millwall's Alan Dunne who was making his 385th appearance for the London club

Relegation-threatened Millwall gained what could be a vital point in their bid for Championship survival, drawing 0-0 at mid-table Cardiff City.

Bluebirds midfielder Joe Ralls, 21, came closest to breaking the deadlock in a first half of few chances, hitting the Millwall bar with a cross-shot.

After the break Mark Beevers rattled the Cardiff crossbar for the visitors.

The Lions are four points from safety with three games to go, while the Bluebirds stay in 13th.

Neil Harris' side's hopes of extending their five-season stay in the Championship may now hinge on the Football League.

Media playback is not supported on this device

Harris on Cardiff v Millwall

Its disciplinary commission is set to decide, before the end of the season, whether to deduct points from Rotherham United - the team one place above them - for fielding an ineligible player.

On the field, tempers boiled over on a hot day in the Welsh capital after Lee Gregory's high challenge on Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Lee Peltier reacted angrily to the challenge and had to be calmed down by his Bluebirds team-mates, as he and the Millwall striker were both booked.

Chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes, with Ralls's effort beating Millwall goalkeeper David Forde but hitting the woodwork.

Lions captain Alan Dunne fired his side's best effort of the half straight at Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall from just outside the box.

The London club nearly made the breakthrough early in the second half as Beevers smashed a powerful shot against the bar, and Marshall reacted well to deny Gregory from slotting home the rebound.

Cardiff created little of note in the second half and Millwall looked most likely to score.

Bluebirds defender Sean Morrison lost the ball to Lions attacker Lee Martin and his pass found Aiden O'Brien unmarked inside the box, but Marshall kept out the striker's effort with his legs.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher spurned a great opportunity to win it for the Lions late on, but failed to trouble Marshall after not connecting with the ball properly just nine yards out.

Millwall travel to Blackburn Rovers away on Tuesday 21 April, while Cardiff host already relegated Blackpool at home on Saturday 25 April.

Millwall boss Neil Harris: "I know as much as you guys about the Rotherham situation. We just know we are back in the mix. It does not help us not knowing but we have to look after ourselves and keep going.

"The teams above us are looking over their shoulders. It may not have been the best of games but we are showing we have got what it takes to win football games - and it means the sides above us know they need to pick up wins."

Cardiff assistant manager Scott Young: "It was not a great game or a great spectacle. Millwall came with a game plan to slow the game down and make it a niggly affair.

"We try to give the fans something to smile about every time we go on to the pitch and we are as disappointed as the fans. We edged the first half but, give them credit, they were probably the better team in the second half."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierBooked at 39mins
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 36Morrison
  • 4MaloneSubstituted forFabioat 22'minutes
  • 11NooneSubstituted forKennedyat 85'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 21RallsSubstituted forPilkingtonat 64'minutes
  • 13DoyleBooked at 76mins
  • 24Mason

Substitutes

  • 3Fabio
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 19Pilkington
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 30Kennedy
  • 33Moore
  • 40K Harris

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 2Dunne
  • 35Nelson
  • 16Beevers
  • 21Harding
  • 7MartinSubstituted forGueyeat 62'minutes
  • 26Abdou
  • 10Bailey
  • 11Woolford
  • 9GregoryBooked at 38minsSubstituted forTaylor-Fletcherat 75'minutes
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forFullerat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Hooiveld
  • 12Cowan-Hall
  • 18Gueye
  • 19Fuller
  • 23Powell
  • 27Archer
  • 29Taylor-Fletcher
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
19,639

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Millwall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Millwall 0.

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sid Nelson (Millwall) because of an injury.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by David Forde.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dan Harding.

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Matthew Kennedy replaces Craig Noone.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

Booking

Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City).

Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaces Lee Gregory.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Ricardo Fuller replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Foul by Joe Mason (Cardiff City).

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Mason following a set piece situation.

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Harding (Millwall).

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Anthony Pilkington replaces Joe Ralls.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Magaye Gueye replaces Lee Martin.

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dan Harding (Millwall).

Foul by Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City).

Sid Nelson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford442671188493985
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough442591065333284
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4421131082503276
6Ipswich4421121168501875
7Brentford442191473591472
8Wolves4420121265541172
9Blackburn431515135955460
10Charlton441418125456-260
11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
13Cardiff441414165258-656
14Birmingham431315155164-1354
15Huddersfield441314175673-1753
16Leeds441410204860-1252
17Bolton441312195463-951
18Fulham441310215676-2049
19Reading421211194464-2047
20Brighton441016184452-846
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall43913213767-3040
23Wigan44912233960-2139
24Blackpool44413273488-5425
View full Championship table

Top Stories