Cardiff 3-1 Millwall: Visiting fans boo players taking the knee
Cardiff 3-1 Millwall: Visiting fans again boo players taking the knee before Aden Flint nets quick-fire double and Sean Morrison scores late on to send Welsh side sixth in the Championship
- Visiting fans booed players for taking the knee before kick-off on Saturday
- Aden Flint put the home side in front with a header from Ryan Giles’ free-kick
- Defender doubled their advantage with a header from a pinpoint Giles cross
- Benik Afobe gave Millwall a lifeline but Cardiff captain Sean Morrison sealed it
Millwall’s fans once again grabbed the headlines even before kick-off as they continued to boo the Cardiff City players as they took the knee along with their manager and the referee.
Lions boss Gary Rowett got himself caught up in the heat of the political debate about the anti-racism gesture by failing to condemn the widespread booing of the Fulham players during their midweek visit to The Den.
Rowett’s plea for ‘a more positive’ alternative to the act that has gained global support fell largely on deaf ears and earned him plenty of criticism from fellow professionals, media critics and fans alike. His players opted to stand, rather than kneel.
Aden Flint put the home side in front with a header from Ryan Giles’ free-kick
Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy, whose first game in charge as a manager was at Millwall 29 years ago, confirmed his support for the act and joined his players and assistant, Terry Connor, in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
The home fans showed which side of the fence they were on in the great debate as they clapped enthusiastically to reveal their support.
The two teams came into the game having suffered different fates in their midweek fixtures. Millwall had been beaten 2-1 at home by Fulham, while Cardiff escaped with a 2-2 draw at Peterborough courtesy of a 96th minute goal from Aden Flint.
Once the game started it was the usual dose of blood and thunder between the two sides. The previous seven league meetings had all ended in a draw and the last win for either side had come in London seven year ago.
Cardiff captain Sean Morrison sealed victory with a header in the 83rd minute
The home side moved the ball too slowly in their build up play, while Fulham were lightening on the break and created the first chance of the game when Scott Malone left the Cardiff captain Sean Morrison sitting on his backside on the touchline after slipping past him.
Malone drove into the box and it took a great lunge from Curtis Nelson to help tip the final shot over the bar and away for the first corner of the game in the seventh minute. Having been dominated in the early exchanges of their midweek match against Fulham, this was a far more positive start from Rowett’s men.
If the game was short of quality in the first half, there were pnety of thrills and spills in the second. Aden Flint made it four goals in the space of five days as he followed up his point saving double at Peterborough with another double act as Cardiff extended their unbeaten start to the Championship.
The giant defender broke the deadlock in the 66th minute as he headed home a Ryan Giles free kick and then converted another Giles cross three minutes later to give his side a two goal cushion.
Cardiff striker Kieffer Moore (right) dribbles past Millwall defender Daniel Ballard (left)
Millwall looked dead and buried, but they hit back seven minutes later with a goal from on loan striker Benik Afobe, his second of the week, and then hit the bar moments later.
What looked like being an uncomfortable final 10 minutes for the home side then took a turn for the better when skipper Sean Morrison rose between two defenders to head home a Marlon Pack long throw to extend the lead.
Flint almost found the back of the net a third time from a corner, but had his hat-trick denied by a goalline clearance. Amazingly, every goal Cardiff have scored in the Championship this season have come from headers.
Cardiff: Phillips 6; Morrison (captain) 6, Flint 7, Nelson 7; Sang 8, Ralls 7, Pack 6, Bagan 7; Colwill 6 (Bacuna 62, 6), Moore 6 (Collins 90, 5), Harris 6 (Giles 62, 7)
Subs Not Used: Vaulks, Murphy, Smithies, Ng.
Booked: Flint, Nelson.
Goals: Flint 66, 70, Morrison 83.
Millwall: B Bialkowski 6; Cooper 5 (captain, Mahoney 73, 5) 7, M Wallace 6, Ballard 6; Malone 8, Kieftenbeld 6, Evans 6 (Smith 70, 5), Romeo 6 Saville 7; Afobe 6, J Wallace 7
Subs Not Used: Long, Thompson, Bradshaw, Pearce, Mitchell.
Goals: Afobe 76.
Ref: James Linington (Isle of Wight).
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