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Cardiff City 0-0 Rotherham United

Cardiff City's Adam Le Fondre (R) played for Rotherham between 2009 and 2011 scoring 58 goals in 105 appearances
Cardiff City's Adam Le Fondre (R) played for Rotherham between 2009 and 2011, scoring 58 goals in 105 appearances

Cardiff City failed to win at home for the first time in six matches after a goalless draw against struggling Rotherham United.

Federico Macheda had the Bluebirds' best effort, but his shot was saved by Millers goalkeeper Adam Collin.

Adam Revell hit the crossbar with a header for United in a match of few clear-cut chances.

Rotherham remain one place above the relegation zone in 21st, while Cardiff drop to ninth.

Steve Evans' side have now gone eight matches without a win in the Championship.

But their hard-fought point at the Cardiff City Stadium extends the gap between them and 22nd placed Brighton, who lost 3-0 at leaders Derby, to two points.

Bluebirds boss Russell Slade, meanwhile, was hoping to exact revenge over the Yorkshire side, who won promotion from League One in the play-off final in May on penalties, when he was in charge of Leyton Orient.

The visitors, who have only won once on the road in the league this season, started the brightest with midfielder Richard Smallwood's long-range effort going narrowly wide of the Cardiff goal.

Rotherham dominated possession in the first half, but failed to create any real chances of note.

Cardiff also struggled to get going and forced their first corner of the half in the 43rd minute.

After the break United were first to threaten to break the deadlock, as former Manchester United forward Tom Lawrence cut inside the Cardiff penalty area, but saw his effort well held by goalkeeper David Marshall.

Moments later Rotherham's Argentine midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma, on loan from Middlesbrough, went close, striking a free-kick from 25 yards out, narrowly wide of the Bluebirds' upright.

Second-half substitute Macheda came on for the largely ineffective Kenwyne Jones and his arrival sparked the liveliest spell of the match as Cardiff pressed forward.

Peter Whittingham and Adam Le Fondre had efforts on goal blocked, before Aaron Gunnarsson's pass picked out Italian striker Macheda in the area, but his shot was parried away by Rotherham keeper Collin.

The visitors counter-attacked in a breathless passage of play, which ended as Revell headed Smallwood's cross against the Cardiff crossbar.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade: "The whole changing room is very disappointed because we got a terrific result last week, trained really well but were below par today.

"We deviated from our game plan and what we're good at and it hasn't got us the result that we wanted.

"If you look at the bigger picture, it's our third clean sheet in four, however, are we the finished article? Of course we are not."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans on his on-loan midfielder Tom Lawrence: "Tom's a real smashing talent, in the first half he was unplayable.

"The boys at Cardiff had a real problem with him, he was popping up everywhere on the pitch and hurting them with his quality on the ball.

"Leicester manager Nigel Pearson might be saying in January that he is a big part of what they are trying to do because he showed today he should be playing a level above."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 16ConnollySubstituted forda Silvaat 80'minutes
  • 36Morrison
  • 6Turner
  • 2Brayford
  • 13Kim
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 9JonesSubstituted forMachedaat 66'minutes
  • 10Le FondreSubstituted forMorrisonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 14Macheda
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 20Daehli
  • 21Ralls
  • 33Moore
  • 38Morrison

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 30Wootton
  • 4Arnason
  • 20Morgan
  • 31James
  • 32LedesmaSubstituted forBoweryat 74'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18PringleSubstituted forTaylorat 84'minutes
  • 34LawrenceSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 89'minutes
  • 9Revell

Substitutes

  • 10Bowery
  • 16Richardson
  • 17Newton
  • 24Brandy
  • 26Taylor
  • 29Clarke-Harris
  • 35Thompson
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
20,419

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Rotherham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Rotherham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Ben Turner tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Tom Lawrence.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fabio (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Brayford.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone with a headed pass.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Ravel Morrison replaces Adam Le Fondre.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Taylor replaces Ben Pringle.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Fabio replaces Matthew Connolly because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. Ben Turner tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Tom Lawrence (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Emmanuel Ledesma.

  17. Post update

    Alex Revell (Rotherham United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Richard Smallwood with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.