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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 24 48
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Middlesbrough 24 43
4 Derby County 23 42
5 Watford 24 41
6 Brentford 24 40
7 Norwich City 24 37
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 37
9 Blackburn Rovers 24 35
10 Nottingham Forest 24 31
11 Charlton Athletic 23 31
12 Cardiff City 24 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Birmingham City 24 31
15 Bolton Wanderers 24 29
16 Reading 24 29
17 Fulham 23 28
18 Huddersfield Town 24 28
19 Rotherham United 24 26
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 24 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 24 14

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