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A point each in South Wales

Our take on the action from Cardiff...

30 January 2021

Cardiff City and Millwall drew 1-1 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Aden Flint turned the ball into his own net to give Millwall the lead with just nine minutes on the clock, but Kieffer Moore struck for The Bluebirds in the second-half to ensure a share of the spoils.

The Lions remained unchanged from Tuesday's draw with Watford going into the game, meaning there were starts once more for the likes of Danny McNamara and Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Both sides exchanged attacks in the first few minutes of the game, with the first shot going the way of the hosts as Will Vaulks struck over the crossbar.

Five minutes later, however, The Lions were able to nudge themselves in front as, after Ryan Woods' lofted pass was nodded on by Sean Morrison into the path of Jed Wallace, the winger's run down the left-hand side and subsequent cross was turned into his own net by Flint.

Cardiff, playing in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation under new boss Mick McCarthy, attempted to respond through Leandro Bacuna's effort from just inside the penalty area, but Bartosz Bialkowski saved with ease. Jake Cooper then had to stand tall as efforts from Bacuna and Perry Ng cannoned off the defender, before a Ng cross was headed away well by Ryan Leonard.

More Bluebirds attacks were snuffed out by the Millwall defence, before Kenneth Zohore's pace and power took him past his marker on 23 minutes, only for his run into the box to be stopped by Bacuna. The home side continued to attack in their attempt to get back into the game and shortly after the half-hour mark they were presented with a golden chance as Vaulks crossed for Moore, but the striker's header from close range went over.

The Lions were able to break away from the Cardiff onslaught with seven minutes to play until the break, but after McNamara's superb tackle and pass set Jed Wallace away down Millwall's right, his cross was put behind by an unmarked Zohore.

With 43 minutes on the clock, Moore's header was cleared off the line by Kieftenbeld, before a follow-up from Joe Ralls was stopped by Bialkowski.

There were just three minutes played in the second-half when The Lions fashioned an opportunity on goal, but as Kieftenbeld sent Zohore through on goal, his effort was just tipped round the post by Alex Smithies - Cooper then heading the resulting corner-kick over.

Just under 10 minutes later, similar to Moore's first-half header, Cardiff had another chance to equalise, but Joe Bennett headed over from just a few yards out. Leonard's weak backpass just after the hour-mark then had Bialkowski scrambling to the edge of his area, but the Pole was able to get there before the onrushing Bacuna.

After Cardiff's Bennett was shown a yellow card for simulation, Jed Wallace's delightful turn then set The Lions away, but the through-ball back to him on the edge of the penalty area was caught under his heels and the home scrambled to safety.

That proved to be pivotal as just moments later, Bluebirds substitute Harry Wilson was able to slip the ball through to Moore, who found the equaliser by lifting the ball after Bialkowski.

Wilson, who had changed the game for The Bluebirds since arriving on to the field, then curled a free-kick wide of Bialkowski's near post, before The Lions broke away through Zohore on the right-hand side, but the striker's cut-back was cleared away.

There was an attempt on goal for Millwall with five minutes to play, but Leonard headed Scott Malone's corner over, before Wilson and Josh Murphy fired over at the other end as the game finished level.

Cardiff City: Smithies, 3 Bennett, 4 Morrison, 5 Flint, 6 Vaulks, Bacuna (23 Wilson 62'), 8 Ralls, Moore (9 Glatzel 83'), 16 Nelson, Ojo (11 Murphy 62'), 38 Ng. Subs not used: Phillips, 21 Pack, 28 Sang, 29 Harris, 32 Bagan, 40 Colwill.

Scorer: Moore 71'

Booking: Bennett, Vaulks, Morrison

Millwall: Bialkowski, Hutchinson, Cooper, J. Wallace, Thompson (Bodvarsson 78'), Zohore, Malone, Kieftenbeld, Leonard, Woods, McNamara. Subs not used: Fielding, Williams, Bradshaw, Smith, Romeo, Pearce, Bennett, Parrott.

Scorer: Flint og 9

Referee: Matt Donohue

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