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2017/18 English League Championship, 2017/2018 English League Championship

Millwall defy high-flying Cardiff in stalemate

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Cardiff 0-0 Millwall: High-flying stalemate (1:46)

Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer preserved a hard-fought draw against in-form Cardiff who currently sit in third in the Championship. (1:46)

Cardiff lost ground in their pursuit of automatic promotion to the Premier League after being held to a 0-0 draw at home by Millwall.
Despite creating the chances needed to secure all three points, a fine performance from Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer means they sit third in the Sky Bet Championship having scored only once in four games.
But for Archer's resilience, Cardiff could have built a convincing lead by half-time.
The hosts first truly threatened when Junior Hoilett's ball-juggling created space in the area for Lee Peltier to cross to Danny Ward, whose shot from in front of goal forced Archer into a reaction save.
From space in midfield, Sol Bamba then found Ward in the area with a fine through-ball, but the striker again saw his low shot well saved after controlling possession.
By then Millwall's Lee Gregory had wasted a promising chance when shooting harmlessly over the crossbar despite time and space in front of goal, and Cardiff's Neil Etheridge had saved well from Steve Morison after Bamba's misplaced back-pass had sent him one-on-one.
They regardless lacked the hosts' creativity, which was again demonstrated when substitute Callum Paterson's run down the right wing and cross to Hoilett ended with the diving Archer saving the winger's close-range shot.
Early in the second half Gregory appealed for a penalty when being tripped by Sean Morrison inside the area, and Steve Morison again tested Etheridge with a low drive, but thereafter a goal rarely looked likely for either team.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 +16 38
2 Sheffield United 17 +12 36
3 Cardiff City 17 +11 34
4 Bristol City 17 +10 31
5 Aston Villa 17 +8 29
6 Middlesbrough 17 +7 26
7 Leeds United 17 +6 26
8 Derby County 16 +4 26
9 Ipswich Town 16 +4 25
10 Sheffield Wednesday 17 +2 24
11 Nottingham Forest 17 -2 24
12 Norwich City 17 -5 23
13 Brentford 17 +2 22
14 Preston North End 17 0 22
15 Queens Park Rangers 17 -4 21
16 Barnsley 16 +1 20
17 Fulham 17 -1 20
18 Millwall 17 0 18
19 Reading 16 -3 18
20 Hull City 17 -2 17
21 Birmingham City 17 -16 15
22 Burton Albion 17 -23 13
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -16 12
24 Sunderland 17 -11 11

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