Cardiff City 0 Millwall 0

Played on: Saturday 31st March 2012

I’d say it is never boring being a Cardiff fan. Not only are we very inconsistent but we’ve had lots of highs and lows in the last 15 years, with this season being no different. However if there was a word to describe yesterdays game then it would have to be for a change, boring.

This was definitely a case of two points dropped for the Bluebirds following another below par performance and an absolute clanger of a decision by the officials! We didn’t play well, but still did just about enough to deserve victory.

The Canton stand try to get the crowd going during a boring game

It was the visitors who started the stronger but long-range efforts from James Henry and Liam Feeney were never troubling the Cardiff goal. Steve McPhail had the first chance for the Bluebirds, testing Maik Taylor before Mark Hudson struck another volley at goal, but unlike last weekend’s screamer, this one was closed down.

The best chance of the first half fell Cardiff’s way as a mistake from Millwall keeper Taylor allowed Joe Mason to have a shot on goal. However, Lions skipper Paul Robinson threw himself forward to block the ball on the line and deny Mason.

Joe Mason tries to beat the Millwall defence

The home side improved in the second half and Mason was again denied by Taylor. The veteran keeper tipping his strong header over the bar. Many of the spectators in the stadium, including myself, thought that Millwall had taken the lead when former Bluebird Andy Keogh fired past David Marshall, but the linesman correctly waved his flag for offside.

Cardiff also had a goal ruled out 10 minutes from time but this one the officials had horribly wrong. It looked like Aron Gunnarsson had beaten Taylor with a header from a Liam Lawrence free-kick; however the linesman flagged for an apparent foul in the box. Replays showed that the player who was apparently fouled just fell over and how the officials managed to make such a terrible decision is beyond me.

A poor decision from the officials deny Cardiff a late goal

This poor decision probably did cost City all three points, but if we’d been more clinical in front of goal then victory would have been ours anyway. I thought Whittingham was not his usual self today, his through balls being particularly bad. It’s now four goalless draws in five matches at the Cardiff City Stadium and we really need to start winning at home. A difficult game at Middlesbrough is next up for the Bluebirds and a game that we ultimately cannot afford to lose.

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 02 McNaughton
  • 03 Taylor
  • 05 Hudson
  • 25 Turner
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 13 Lawrence Booked
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 37 McPhail (Gestede – 63′ )
  • 09 Miller (Earnshaw – 76′ )
  • 20 Mason (Conway – 74′ )

Substitutes

  • 22 Heaton
  • 11 Conway
  • 23 Blake
  • 10 Earnshaw
  • 15 Gestede

Millwall

  • 39 Taylor
  • 03 Craig
  • 05 Robinson
  • 21 Smith Booked
  • 31 Lowry
  • 14 Henry Booked
  • 15 Feeney
  • 26 Abdou
  • 44 Wright (Ward – 90′ )
  • 20 Keogh
  • 37 Kane (Henderson – 59′ Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Dunne
  • 18 Ward
  • 08 Bouazza
  • 07 Henderson
Ref: Bates
Att: 21,259
Permission for pictures given by Jon Candy.
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