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Cardiff City 2-2 Rotherham United

Craig Noone takes on Joe Mattock
Craig Noone takes on Joe Mattock

Anthony Pilkington scored three goals - including one in his own net - as Cardiff and Rotherham fought out a frantic draw.

Pilkington's neat finish put Cardiff ahead, only for Joe Newell to equalise from a tight angle moments before half-time.

Rotherham claimed an unlikely lead with Pilkington's own goal from a corner.

But he then struck his second for the Bluebirds, who had Lee Peltier sent off late on.

Cardiff stay ninth in the Championship table while Rotherham remain 21st, one point above the relegation zone.

Anthony Pilkington celebrates
Anthony Pilkington celebrates after scoring against Rotherham

Having lost seven of their previous eight league away games, Rotherham eased their relegation worries with a valuable point.

For Cardiff, however, the draw represented a missed opportunity as it kept the gap between them and the play-off places to five points.

This was the first game played at Cardiff City Stadium since its pitch had been relaid, and the firm new surface was far more conducive to passing football than its troublesome predecessor.

Cardiff were the first to threaten with chances for Joe Mason and Pilkington, and it was the latter who gave the hosts the lead.

Rotherham's Joe Newell is congratulated after scoring
Rotherham's Joe Newell is congratulated after scoring

Controlling the ball with his head inside the penalty area, Pilkington kept calm to score with a low shot in off the far post.

Rotherham offered precious little in attack but, shortly before half-time, Newell evaded Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall before finishing deftly from a tight angle.

If that goal came against the run of play, the Millers' second stunned the home crowd into silence as Pilkington inadvertently deflected a Rotherham corner into his own net.

The Republic of Ireland international soon atoned for his error as he latched on to a loose ball in the box and poked in despite a touch from Rotherham goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Peltier had a glorious chance to put Cardiff back in front but the right-back headed wide after rising unmarked to meet Peter Whittingham's tantalising free-kick.

Pilkington found himself the centre of attention once again as he was booked for diving in the Rotherham penalty area, before Lex Immers and Bruno Ecuele Manga squandered good chances for the hosts.

Cardiff desperately pursued a late winner but, with Peltier sent off for a second yellow card with five minutes left, Russell Slade's side had to be content with a point.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade said: "Rotherham always fight and scrap, that's the kind of team they are, but we had more quality in my opinion than they had.

"Rotherham did not offer too many threats in the first period and I was disappointed to go in 1-1.

"But it's about reacting to such set-backs. But then we got another one, an own goal, against the run of play.

"Our reaction then and our attitude were good, we got the second and had a couple of wonderful opportunities."

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn told the media: "That is a point gained but, in the context of the game, it might be more a feeling of two dropped.

"I think we deserved to win. We were the better of two good sides.

"They played their part in a good game, but for us to come here and be disappointed with just a point shows how far we have come.

"It was a good football game, although it took a while to come to life. We started slow and they got their goal which was disappointing. "

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2PeltierBooked at 84mins
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Malone
  • 11NooneSubstituted forFabioat 85'minutes
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 8Ralls
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forAmeobiat 76'minutes
  • 13PilkingtonBooked at 79mins
  • 10MasonSubstituted forImmersat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fabio
  • 14Macheda
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Moore
  • 27Immers
  • 38Ameobi

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 28Facey
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 26BelaidSubstituted forCollinsat 86'minutes
  • 3Mattock
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 14Burke
  • 17Ward
  • 22NewellSubstituted forBecchioat 67'minutes
  • 9WardSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Collins
  • 13Cairns
  • 16Richardson
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 20Rawson
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 32Becchio
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
14,885

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Rotherham United 2.

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

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Collins (Rotherham United).

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

Foul by Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United).

Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Danny Collins replaces Aimen Belaid because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Fabio replaces Craig Noone.

Delay in match Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Peltier following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Aimen Belaid.

Attempt blocked. Lex Immers (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Danny Ward.

Booking

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Shay Facey.

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

Foul by Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United).

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City).

Paul Green (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi replaces Peter Whittingham.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Danny Ward (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

Danny Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Lex Immers.

Foul by Scott Malone (Cardiff City).

Chris Burke (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Brighton28131143428650
4Derby271310438211749
5Burnley27139542241848
6Sheff Wed281210642311146
7Birmingham2813783728946
8Ipswich2812973735245
9Cardiff28101173531441
10Brentford28116114140139
11Nottm Forest2891183025538
12Wolves28108103738-138
13Reading2898113231135
14QPR2881193535035
15Preston2881192527-235
16Leeds2881192832-435
17Huddersfield2888123739-232
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2874173449-1525
22Bristol City2859142447-2324
23Charlton2849152254-3221
24Bolton28311142446-2220
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