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Rotherham United 1-3 Cardiff City

Aron Gunnarsson and Matt Connolly celebrate
Aron Gunnarsson and Matt Connolly celebrate at the final whistle in Rotherham

Rotherham remain only six points clear of the Championship drop zone as Cardiff enjoyed their biggest away win of the season to make it four matches unbeaten on their travels.

The Bluebirds scored three goals in 11 minutes as they moved up to 13th in the table.

Bruno Ecuele Manga headed home the first before Federico Macheda volleyed into the net from over his shoulder.

Conor McAleny drilled in a third before Danny Ward headed a late consolation.

The Millers are only one position above the bottom three, while Cardiff are over 10 points from the play-offs or relegation mix.

Rotherham's disappointment though was softened by Millwall's defeat at Middlesbrough, meaning they have not been dragged closer to danger after a first home loss in five.

On the back of a vital win against the Lions on Saturday, the hosts started well with Matt Derbyshire having a goal ruled out for offside.

Their positive opening was undone though as Cardiff secured victory with a quick-fire treble before the break.

Cardiff were forced to change goalkeepers at the interval, with Simon Moore coming on for the injured David Marshall, but Rotherham failed to force him into a save until the 76th minute.

Instead it was the Bluebirds who looked the likeliest to add to their lead, with home goalkeeper Adam Collin producing a fine double save to deny Aron Gunnarsson and then Alex Revell.

Ward headed home Hammill's cross five minutes later but it was scant consolation.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans: "We don't live in a false world here where we think we are going to come back from three goals down like Roy of the Rovers does.

"There's a key moment in the game where the goalkeeper spills it and the referee gives a foul when the DVD shows it wasn't a foul, so these are big decisions tonight.

"I'm not here defending my team based on decisions but decisions change games don't they? If the officials can't get simple decisions right then deary me, what are we supposed to do?"

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade: "We had to weather a little bit of a storm in the first 10 minutes. We did that and got the ball down, created some good opportunities and we took them.

"If you looked at the chances and opportunities, even in the second half, I thought it was a really good away performance. I thought we made the right decisions.

"Secondly we were ruthless in the final third when we had to be. I think it's a good sign going forward. When those opportunities came we took them and took them really well."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 30Hunt
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 4Arnason
  • 28Fryers
  • 17NewtonSubstituted forHammillat 45'minutes
  • 11GreenBooked at 85mins
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18Pringle
  • 22Ward
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forSammonat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Frecklington
  • 15Milsom
  • 16Richardson
  • 23Sammon
  • 24Hammill
  • 29Clarke-Harris
  • 35Thompson

Cardiff

  • 1MarshallSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes
  • 2Peltier
  • 36Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16Connolly
  • 30Kennedy
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Ralls
  • 14MachedaSubstituted forDoyleat 71'minutes
  • 29RevellSubstituted forJonesat 86'minutes
  • 15McAleny

Substitutes

  • 3Fabio
  • 9Jones
  • 11Noone
  • 13Doyle
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 33Moore
  • 40K Harris
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
8,534

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 3.

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Alex Revell.

Booking

Paul Green (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

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

Foul by Conor Sammon (Rotherham United).

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

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 3. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

Hand ball by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kári Arnason.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

Foul by Jack Hunt (Rotherham United).

Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Alex Revell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eoin Doyle.

Offside, Cardiff City. Matthew Kennedy tries a through ball, but Eoin Doyle is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Eoin Doyle replaces Federico Macheda.

Attempt blocked. Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Federico Macheda (Cardiff City).

Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

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

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Conor McAleny.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Conor Sammon replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Federico Macheda.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Danny Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Adam Hammill (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Derby35198866372965
3Watford352051070422865
4Bournemouth35189869383163
5Norwich34188866372962
6Brentford351941257451261
7Ipswich34179854361860
8Wolves35169104842657
9Nottm Forest351311115750750
10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
11Blackburn341112114344-145
12Charlton351015103944-545
13Cardiff351111134246-444
14Birmingham341012123950-1142
15Huddersfield35119154560-1542
16Leeds34118153645-941
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Fulham35116184659-1339
21Rotherham35813143553-1837
22Millwall35710183056-2631
23Wigan34610183147-1628
24Blackpool34410202968-3922
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