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Cardiff City Stadium (ATT 23,010) 25th September 2010 - Kick off 12:00 Ref: L Mason

Cardiff Cardiff City vs Millwall Millwall

Cardiff 2

J Bothroyd (24)
A Keogh (89)

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Millwall 1

S Barron (10)
L Trotter (S/O 40)

Keogh stuns 10-man Millwall

Barron sent off for visitors as Bluebirds end mini blip

Last Updated: 25/09/10 8:22pm

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Keogh: Match-winner

Keogh: Match-winner

An 89th minute goal from Andy Keogh helped Cardiff end their recent blip as they defeated 10-man Millwall 2-1 on Saturday.

The Bluebirds had lost their previous two league outings heading into the fixture, and they suffered a setback when Scott Barron opened the scoring on 10 minutes.

But Jay Bothroyd soon levelled matters before Liam Trotter was handed his marching orders prior to the interval for a professional foul.

And with just a minute left of normal time, Keogh struck to lift Cardiff to second in the table ahead of the 3pm kick-offs later in the day.

Injuries

Cardiff, still without the injured Craig Bellamy, Michael Chopra, Danny Drinkwater and Seyi Olofinjana, struggled to get into their rhythm in the opening quarter, giving possession away cheaply.

And Millwall capitalised fully on their sloppy play when they broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes.

Kevin Lisbie found Barron in a good position and he fired low past Tom Heaton from the left-hand side of the six-yard box.

The visitors continued to hold the upper hand until the home side equalised in the 24th minute.

Lee Naylor's long throw found Whittingham and his stab goalwards was blocked as far as Bothroyd, who duly found the bottom corner from close range.

That was the first of what could have been a quickfire hat-trick for the Bluebirds frontman, although Lisbie and Trotter were both giving the Cardiff rearguard plenty to think about at the other end.

However, Jackett was soon forced to reconsider his side's approach when Trotter received a straight red five minutes before the break.

Headache

But he was spared further half-time headache in injury time when Forde produced a great save to keep out Whittingham's penalty after he had been brought down by Darren Ward.

Cardiff failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority in the opening 20 minutes of an ordinary second half, with Millwall working hard and looking more likely to add to the scoreline.

That prompted Dave Jones to introduce Jason Koumas which certainly put City on the front foot, Mark Hudson seeing his header blocked by Paul Robinson and Whittingham blasting over.

Neither Forde nor counterpart Heaton had been forced to make a single second-half save as the game approached the final 15 minutes.

But as the clock ran down Cardiff forced the issue and Keogh was on hand to head home Bothroyd's cross.

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Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 28 54
2 Derby County 28 54
3 Middlesbrough 28 53
4 Ipswich Town 28 51
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 45
8 Norwich City 28 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 38
11 Birmingham City 28 37
12 Nottingham Forest 28 34
13 Cardiff City 28 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Reading 28 34
17 Huddersfield Town 28 34
18 Charlton Athletic 28 33
19 Leeds United 28 32
20 Rotherham United 28 30
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 28 29
22 Millwall 28 27
23 Wigan Athletic 28 22
24 Blackpool 28 20

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