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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.

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 forda Silvaat 22'minutes
  • 11NooneSubstituted forKennedyat 85'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 21RallsSubstituted forPilkingtonat 64'minutes
  • 13DoyleBooked at 76mins
  • 24Mason

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Millwall 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Millwall 0.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by David Forde.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dan Harding.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Matthew Kennedy replaces Craig Noone.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

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

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