Keogh strikes late to tame Lions

Andy Keogh's late header handed Cardiff a 2-1 win after they looked set to waste the chance to return to winning ways against 10-man Millwall.

Last Updated: 25/09/10 at 18:12 Post Comment

Keogh: Late header

Keogh: Late header

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The on-loan Wolves striker, who otherwise had a quiet afternoon, picked the perfect moment in the 89th minute to grab his first goal of the season and banish memories of back-to-back defeats for the Championship promotion hopefuls.

City were anything but impressive, though, and the result was harsh on a Millwall side who had Liam Trotter sent off for a bad foul on Darcy Blake after 40 minutes and had David Forde to thank for producing a superb save to keep out Peter Whittingham's penalty.

Lions defender Scott Barron had handed the visitors an early lead with a rare strike, only to see Jay Bothroyd equalise with his fifth goal of the season midway through an eventful first half.

The second period failed to live up to the same billing with Cardiff lacking inspiration and Millwall working tirelessly, but it was the hosts who snatched the points in dramatic fashion to leave Kenny Jackett's side now winless in five games.

Cardiff, still without the injured Craig Bellamy, Michael Chopra, Danny Drinkwater and Seyi Olofinjana, struggled to get into their rhythm in the opening quarter, giving possession away cheaply.

And Millwall capitalised fully on their sloppy play when they broke the deadlock after just 10 minutes.

Kevin Lisbie found Barron in a good position and he fired low past Tom Heaton from the left-hand side of the six-yard box.

The visitors continued to hold the upper hand until the home side equalised in the 24th minute.

Lee Naylor's long throw found Whittingham and his stab goalwards was blocked as far as Bothroyd, who duly found the bottom corner from close range.

That was the first of what could have been a quickfire hat-trick for the Bluebirds frontman, although Lisbie and Trotter were both giving the Cardiff rearguard plenty to think about at the other end.

However, Jackett was soon forced to reconsider his side's approach when Trotter received a straight red five minutes before the break.

But he was spared further half-time headache in injury time when Forde produced a great save to keep out Whittingham's penalty after he had been brought down by Darren Ward.

Cardiff failed to take advantage of their numerical superiority in the opening 20 minutes of an ordinary second half, with Millwall working hard and looking more likely to add to the scoreline.

That prompted Dave Jones to introduce Jason Koumas which certainly put City on the front foot, Mark Hudson seeing his header blocked by Paul Robinson and Whittingham blasting over.

Neither Forde nor counterpart Heaton had been forced to make a single second-half save as the game approached the final 15 minutes.

But as the clock ran down Cardiff forced the issue and Keogh was on hand to head home Bothroyd's cross.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Wayne Rooney cannot wait to link up with Harry Kane for England

Wayne Rooney has been gripped by the excitement surrounding Harry Kane and can't wait to link up with him against Italy.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane to make first England start in Italy

Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly in Italy, Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle starts for Italy against England in Turin

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been handed a start for Italy in their friendly against England in Turin.

Mail Box

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

Can Wenger Coach Young Players Anymore?

One Mailboxer wonders whether Wenger has still got ability to bring through young talent. Plus £50m for Sterling, stop being matey with footballers and Blackpool...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company