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Mar 3, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at The New York Stadium
RotherhamRotherham United
1-3
CardiffCardiff City
Ward (80')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Ecuele Manga (24'), Macheda (26'), McAleny (35')

Result: First-half blitz guides Cardiff City past Rotherham United

Cardiff City score three goals before half time to earn a 3-1 victory over Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

A clinical first-half display from Cardiff City has earned Russell Slade's side a 3-0 victory over Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

Rotherham started the game brightly, and looked the sharper of the two sides for much of the early stages, but they missed a good chance to take the lead when Matt Derbyshire headed over from Ben Pringle's corner.

The home side would regret missing the opportunity as Cardiff broke the deadlock against the run of play when Bruno Ecuele Manga found space at a corner to power a header home.

Rotherham were shocked by the setback after making such a promising start, and they fell further behind when Federico Macheda volleyed home on the turn in the box.

Cardiff continued to grow in confidence, and they accepted a gift from the Rotherham defence as two failed clearances eventually allowed Conor McAleny to fire his effort past a helpless Adam Collin.

The hosts attempted to get back onto the front foot in an end-to-end start to the second half, but Cardiff looked comfortable protecting their advantage.

Collin was forced into action to keep out a fourth with a fine double save as both McAleny and Alex Revell were left frustrated by the Rotherham shot-stopper.

A lapse of concentration from the Cardiff defence allowed Danny Ward to head home from Adam Hammill's cross late on, but the visitors held on to secure all three points.

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