Championship
RotherhamRotherham United1CardiffCardiff City3
Aron Gunnarsson and Matt Connolly celebrate
Aron Gunnarsson and Matt Connolly celebrate at the final whistle in Rotherham

Rotherham remain only six points clear of the Championship drop zone as Cardiff enjoyed their biggest away win of the season to make it four matches unbeaten on their travels.

The Bluebirds scored three goals in 11 minutes as they moved up to 13th in the table.

Bruno Ecuele Manga headed home the first before Federico Macheda volleyed into the net from over his shoulder.

Conor McAleny drilled in a third before Danny Ward headed a late consolation.

The Millers are only one position above the bottom three, while Cardiff are over 10 points from the play-offs or relegation mix.

Rotherham's disappointment though was softened by Millwall's defeat at Middlesbrough, meaning they have not been dragged closer to danger after a first home loss in five.

On the back of a vital win against the Lions on Saturday, the hosts started well with Matt Derbyshire having a goal ruled out for offside.

Their positive opening was undone though as Cardiff secured victory with a quick-fire treble before the break.

Cardiff were forced to change goalkeepers at the interval, with Simon Moore coming on for the injured David Marshall, but Rotherham failed to force him into a save until the 76th minute.

Instead it was the Bluebirds who looked the likeliest to add to their lead, with home goalkeeper Adam Collin producing a fine double save to deny Aron Gunnarsson and then Alex Revell.

Ward headed home Hammill's cross five minutes later but it was scant consolation.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans: "We don't live in a false world here where we think we are going to come back from three goals down like Roy of the Rovers does.

"There's a key moment in the game where the goalkeeper spills it and the referee gives a foul when the DVD shows it wasn't a foul, so these are big decisions tonight.

"I'm not here defending my team based on decisions but decisions change games don't they? If the officials can't get simple decisions right then deary me, what are we supposed to do?"

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade: "We had to weather a little bit of a storm in the first 10 minutes. We did that and got the ball down, created some good opportunities and we took them.

"If you looked at the chances and opportunities, even in the second half, I thought it was a really good away performance. I thought we made the right decisions.

"Secondly we were ruthless in the final third when we had to be. I think it's a good sign going forward. When those opportunities came we took them and took them really well."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 30Hunt
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 4Arnason
  • 28Fryers
  • 17NewtonSubstituted forHammillat 45'minutes
  • 11GreenBooked at 85mins
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18Pringle
  • 22Ward
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forSammonat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Frecklington
  • 15Milsom
  • 16Richardson
  • 23Sammon
  • 24Hammill
  • 29Clarke-Harris
  • 35Thompson

Cardiff

  • 1MarshallSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes
  • 2Peltier
  • 36Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16Connolly
  • 30Kennedy
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Ralls
  • 14MachedaSubstituted forDoyleat 71'minutes
  • 29RevellSubstituted forJonesat 86'minutes
  • 15McAleny

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 9Jones
  • 11Noone
  • 13Doyle
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 33Moore
  • 40K Harris
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
8,534

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Green (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Alex Revell.

  6. Booking

    Paul Green (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

  8. Post update

    Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Conor Sammon (Rotherham United).

  10. Post update

    Simon Moore (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 3. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kári Arnason.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Cardiff City).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Hunt (Rotherham United).

  19. Post update

    Conor McAleny (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Revell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.