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Championship Review: Cardiff held in injury-time drama

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Craig Bellamy shocked as Cardiff's form deteriorates  (©GettyImages)
Craig Bellamy shocked as Cardiff's form deteriorates (©GettyImages).

Cardiff City were stunned as Barnsley grabbed a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw in Wales last night, whilst Sheffield Wednesday came away from the New Den with three vital points against Millwall. 

Cardiff missed the opportunity to go eight-points clear of second-placed Hull City, as Stephen Foster scored an injury-time equaliser to boost Barnsley's survival bid and deflate Malky Mackay's promotion hopefuls. 

Ben Turner put Cardiff in front after 59 minutes but it was not enough as Foster scored with a deflected shot in the sixth minute of injury-time after referee Fred Graham added some additional seconds to his five extra minutes. 

Speaking to a reporter, Mackay did not feel aggrieved that Barnsley's goal came as late as it did, yet the Cardiff boss approached the referee after the final whistle to see why the extra minute had been added. 

"I asked the referee to clear up why the game went into six minutes of injury time and he did that," said the Bluebirds chief.

Cardiff midfielder Kevin McNaughton went down injured during the five added minutes and referee Graham explained this was his reason for the extra minute played. 

"I accept his explanation and he told me that when Barnsley scored there were four seconds left in the game," Mackay concluded.

In the other Championship fixture last night, Sheffield Wednesday claimed a vital win at Millwall to end Kenny Jackett's side's five game unbeaten run in all competitions and push the Owls seven points clear of the relegation zone. 

Jimmy Abdou looked to have set the Lions on the way when he scored the opener after just two minutes. Five minutes before the break, Miguel Llera's free-kick put the Yorkshire outfit on level terms. 

Millwall came close through defender Shane Lowry, but Wednesday sent Millwall to Wembley on the back of a home defeat when Chris Maguire scored a 90th minute winner to help Dave Jones' side avoid the drop. 

Talking to a reporter after the final whistle, Jones described the desire of his side coming into the match. 

"We weren't going to let them go into the semi-final in relaxed mode. I think it will probably be the highest points tally to keep the teams in the division and the lowest to go up. It just shows you how hard this division is," he concluded post-match.

Millwall will surely put this defeat behind them going into Saturday's FA Cup semi-final, and manager Jackett believes his side were not hindered by the game to come. 

"I didn't feel we were looking at Saturday. Their keeper was the busier," he said. 

So both Yorkshire sides gain valuable points away from home, whilst Cardiff have won just five matches since the beginning of February. Millwall are still just five points off the relegation zone. 

 

 

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