Rotherham United 1-2 Cardiff City

24 Sep

Rickie Lambert


Rickie Lambert scored twice in five minutes for Cardiff

Cardiff City came from behind to stun Rotherham at the New York Stadium thanks to a Rickie Lambert double.

The former Liverpool striker scored twice in five minutes to ease the pressure on boss Paul Trollope.

The Millers led through Isaiah Brown’s goal on the hour mark, before former England striker Lambert changed the contest with his first Cardiff goals.

He headed home a Peter Whittingham freekick before firing in deflected winner on 79 minutes.

The Millers had lost only one of their last 12 league games at home, but were leapfrogged by the Bluebirds who climbed out of the Championship relegation zone thanks to a first away win since March.

Cardiff rise to 21st in the Championship, with the defeat sending Rotherham into the bottom three as they slip to 23rd.

Cardiff, who had conceded eight goals this season in the final 15 minutes of matches, flipped the script by scoring late to gain a measure of revenge for last season’s injury-time defeat to the Millers.

Goalkeeper Ben Amos was the key figure for the Bluebirds in the first period, impressing with some important saves on the day that the goalkeeper he replaced, David Marshall, made his Premier League debut for Hull City at Anfield.

Amos had to save adroitly on 16 minutes to deny Dael Fry after Cardiff failed to clear from a Joe Newell freekick.

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Joe Ralls came close to giving Cardiff the lead in the first half

The summer signing was also called into action when Danny Ward fired across goal, saving low to his right and tipping the ball onto the post before Brown fired over the rebound.

That represented the best chance of the first period with Cardiff reduced to speculative efforts, with Lambert, Lex Immers and Joe Ralls all failing to find the target with long-range strikes.

Cardiff arrived in Yorkshire having experienced their worst start to a league season since 2004.

However, Rickie Lambert’s first goal for Cardiff since his transfer deadline day switch earned Paul Trollope’s men parity after Brown’s opener, with the former England striker heading home from Whittingham’s freekick with a trademark header.

There was a touch of luck about his second goal, sweeping home via a deflection on the counter-attack to completely wrong-foot goalkeeper Lee Camp, with Cardiff hanging on to secure a vital victory.

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 2.

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 2.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Kelvin Wilson.

Jazz Richards (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Lex Immers.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Isaiah Brown (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution, Cardiff City. Bruno Ecuele Manga replaces Lee Peltier.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Dexter Blackstock (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Peter Whittingham following a set piece situation.

Substitution, Rotherham United. Dexter Blackstock replaces Joe Newell.

Greg Halford (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Greg Halford (Rotherham United).

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 2. Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Morrison.

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

Attempt missed. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart O’Keefe.

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Cardiff City 1. Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Whittingham following a set piece situation.

Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jazz Richards with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lex Immers.

Attempt saved. Kelvin Wilson (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Newell.

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kadeem Harris replaces Joe Ralls.

Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Isaiah Brown (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt missed. Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Greg Halford.

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