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Match Report | Millwall 1-1 Cardiff City

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Kieffer Moore's equaliser earned the Bluebirds a 1-1 draw at Millwall on Saturday afternoon.

City had fallen behind to Matt Smith's first-half header, but rallied late on to secure a point in an action-packed finale.

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Returning to his former side, Neil Harris made one change to the Bluebirds' starting 11, with Robert Glatzel lining up alongside Kieffer Moore in a four-four-two formation.

And after Ryan Woods had called Alex Smithies into action from distance, it was Glatzel who had the Bluebirds' first opportunity. City's number nine chested the ball in the box and turned before curling wide with his left.

However, with a battle ensuing in the middle of the park, chances were at a premium in the first-half, with both sides struggling to carve out clear goal-scoring opportunities.

Junior Hoilett, a scorer in our last two visits to The Den, did try his luck from range after some good interplay with Marlon Pack, but saw his effort go wide.

After 35 minutes, the hosts took the lead. Jed Wallace sent a hopeful cross into the area and Matt Smith took advantage of a defensive mix-up to head home.

The Bluebirds did have one big chance to equalise ahead of the break, as Hoilett's cross met the head of Glatzel whose header was tipped over by Bartosz Białkowski.

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The hosts almost doubled their lead at the start of the second half. Wallace again was provider, but this time Ben Thompson headed over when completely unmarked.

A last-ditch sliding tackle from Morrison kept the Bluebirds in it, before City's swift counterattack saw Harry Wilson and Moore combine, with the striker firing wide.

The match developed into an end-to-end contest as City desperately looked for a way back into the contest.

And they found it ten minutes from time as the newly-introduced Josh Murphy played a delightful pass between the lines and Moore raced onto it to slot the ball into the bottom corner.

The goal truly sparked the contest into life as chances came thick and fast in the frenetic minutes. 

First, Murphy delivered another fine cross to Wilson, whose effort from point-blank range was somehow kept out by Białkowski, before the stopper also denied Moore moments later.

Then the home side broke to send Böðvarsson clean through on goal, despite suspicions of offside. But as Alex Smithies raced out, the Icelandic international somehow blazed wide.

With full-time looming, Harris' men had one more chance, but Joe Bennett's effort was cleared off the line and they were forced to settle for a hard-earned point.

Millwall: Białkowski, Leonard, Hutchinson, Cooper, M Wallace, Williams, Woods, J Wallace, Thompson (Böðvarsson 75), Bennett (Malone 57), Smith (Parrott 75).

Subs not used: Fielding, Bradshaw, Pearce, Brown, Skalák, Muller.

Cardiff City: Smithies, Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett, Wilson, Pack, Ralls, Hoilett (Ojo 61), Moore, Glatzel (Murphy 75).

Subs not used: Phillips, Bamba, Bagan, Benković, Vaulks, Whyte, Harris.