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25 July 2018 Venue New York Stadium Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

Rotherham United
2 - 1
FT
Cardiff City

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4-4-2
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    Price
    GK
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    Vyner
    DF
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    Ajayi
    DF
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    Wood
    DF
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    Mattock
    DF
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    Williams
    MF
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    Palmer
    MF
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    Vaulks
    MF
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    Taylor
    MF
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    Ball
    FW
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    Smith
    FW

Substitutes

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    Rodak
    SUB
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    Forde
    SUB
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    Robertson
    SUB
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    Purrington
    SUB
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    Vassell
    SUB
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    Ihiekwe
    SUB
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    Newell
    SUB
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    Wiles
    SUB
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    Raggett
    SUB
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    Jones
    SUB

Manager

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    Paul Warne

5-3-2
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    Etheridge
    GK
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    Richards
    DF
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    Morrison
    DF
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    Ecuele Manga
    DF
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    Cunningham
    DF
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    Bennett
    DF
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    Waite
    MF
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    Ralls
    MF
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    Reid
    MF
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    Murphy
    FW
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    Zohore
    FW

Substitutes

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    Smithies
    SUB
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    Paterson
    SUB
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    Connolly
    SUB
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    Gunnarsson
    SUB
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    Mendez-Laing
    SUB
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    Bamba
    SUB
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    Harris
    SUB
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    Madine
    SUB
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    Hoilett
    SUB

Manager

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    Neil Warnock

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Rotherham United vs. Cardiff City

24 July 2018

Cardiff City continue their pre-season preparations as they face Rotherham United at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Following the Bluebirds' successful tour of Devon and Cornwall, City are spending the week training at Champneys, Leicestershire, facing Burton Albion away on Saturday.

Wednesday's fixture with the Millers sees Neil Warnock face his former side for the first time since February 2017 - when the Bluebirds ran out 5-0 winners in the Welsh capital.

For those wishing to attend, find full ticketing information here.

Know your opponent

Founded in 1925, Rotherham United compete at AESSEAL New York Stadium, which has a capacity of just over 12,000. They moved in to their new ground in 2012 - via a brief spell at the Don Valley Stadium - having previously called Millmoor home since their foundation. 

Paul Warne’s side were promoted to the Sky Bet Championship for the 2018/19 season, following a 2-1 extra-time Play-Off Final victory over Shrewsbury Town. The South Yorkshire club took a fourth-place finish in Sky Bet League One before entering the Play-Offs – 19 points behind champions, Wigan Athletic.

At the End of Season Awards Night, Will Vaulks scooped Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year. The defensive midfielder also achieved Community Player of the Year for his work with the club’s Community Sports Trust and beyond.

Right-back, Josh Emmanuel won Young Player of the Year and loanee, Richie Towell took Goal of the Season for his strike against Northampton Town.

Summer so far

Rotherham United have completed five pre-season friendlies this campaign – all away from home. The Millers defeated Parkgate 3-1 on Saturday 7th July, before travelling to Lindabrunn, Austria for a training camp and two fixtures.

Warne’s men took a 0-0 draw at Amstetten on Tuesday 10th July before getting back to winning ways, four days later with a 1-0 victory over Wiener Neustadt.

On Tuesday, 17th July, the South Yorkshire side extended their run of victories to three games with a 4-1 win at Stocksbridge Park Steels and 3-0 triumph against Sheffield FC.

After Wednesday's match, our hosts will play one final friendly fixture against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, before their competitive season begins on Saturday, 4th August away to Brentford.

Last time out

City hosted Rotherham United at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday 18th February 2017 and came away 5-0 victors. Goals from Kadeem Harris and Junior Hoilett put the Bluebirds 2-0 up at half-time, before a Craig Noone volley and Kenneth Zohore brace completed the rout.

Harris broke the deadlock with a curling effort after 11 minutes. The winger gathered possession inside the area, took a touch and curled the ball into the bottom-right corner.

As half-time loomed, Hoilett then doubled City's lead. The Canadian international intercepted a poor back-pass before slotting past the onrushing Richard O'Donnell.

After the interval, it took just four minutes for Noone to add a third. Harris’ floated cross found winger who improvised a superb scissor kick at the far post to convert.

Zohore soon added an excellent brace to complete the scoring - driving the ball home from a tight angle, before rounding things off with an exquisite lobbed effort.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Rotherham United 2-1 Cardiff City

25 July 2018

Cardiff City slipped to a 2-1 away pre-season defeat to Rotherham United on Wednesday 25th July.

The Bluebirds lined up with five at the back on a beautiful evening in South Yorkshire, with young midfielder James Waite the only Academy presence in a stong City side.

However, the hosts started sharply, riding the crest of a wave since their promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. They delivered a warning shot when Joe Mattock fired over, before Ryan Williams tested Neil Etheridge from distance.

Neil Warnock's men soon stamped some authority on the game, and took the lead with a well-worked move. Joe Ralls spotted Greg Cunningham's marauding run, and the defender's cross was eventually turned home by Josh Murphy.

City came close to doubling their lead almost immediately, as Ralls' free-kick was deflected just wide by the Millers' wall, before Murphy showcased his skill and whipped in a delightful ball that whistled past the far post.

Not long later, Kenneth Zohore was inches from opening his pre-season account, tapping just wide from Bobby Reid's low, driven cross.

Former City man, Semi Ajayi, could have restored parity in South Yorkshire, had he connected more convicingly with a Millers free-kick.

But just after the half-hour mark, the home side did find a leveller. Jon Taylor was afforded enough space on the right to pick out Matt Palmer, who powered his header home.

A deft free-kick from Joe Bennett that curled just past the post was the closest City came to reestablishing their lead, before the referee signalled an end to the opening period.

The second-half saw Aron Gunnarsson make his first appearance of the summer in City colours, as he came on alongside Alex Smithies, Sol Bamba and Junior Hoilett, to replace Waite, Neil Etheridge, Bennett and Jazz Richards.

With both sides looking highly organised, there were fewer clear-cut chances after the break. Hoilett's miscued effort didn't trouble Price in the Millers' goal, after some good work from Gunnarsson and Murphy.

As the other end, Rotherham did worry the Bluebirds' back-line when first Ajayi and then substitute, Ben Wiles, both went close from corner-kicks.

The changes continued to come in the second half - and Kadeem Harris looked particularly lively as his energetic run teed up Gary Madine to head into Marek Rodak's hands.

City then had two strong shouts for a penalty waved away, as Madine looked to have been felled in the box, before the ball hit a hand in the Millers' area.

And the home side took full advantage of the referee's decision not to award a spot-kick, going up the other end to take the lead through Michael Smith's curled effort.

While Warnock's men did go close again through a Madine free-kick, they were unable to find an equaliser in South Yorkshire - slipping to their first defeat of pre-season 2018.

City continue their training camp in Champneys, Leicestershire, this week before facing Burton Albion away from home on Saturday at 2pm.

Rotherham United: Price (Rodak 46), Vyner (Robertson 46), Ajayi (Purrington 63), Wood (Jones 46), Mattock (Forde 63), Taylor (Vassell 63), Vaulks, Palmer (Ihiekwe 79), Williams (Newell), Ball (Raggett 63), Smith (Wiles 79).

Cardiff City: Etheridge (Smithies 46), Richards (Bamba 46), Morrison (Connolly 67), Manga, Cunningham, Bennett (Hoilett 46), Waite (Gunnarsson 46), Ralls (Paterson 60), Reid (Harris 70), Zohore (Madine 60), J. Murphy (Mendez-Laing 60).

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