Vital Report: Cardiff 0 Rotherham 0
Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff's unbeaten run at the Cardiff City Stadium under Russell Slade continued on Saturday but we had to be content with a point against Rotherham in a largely un-entertaining 0-0 draw.
Against a side that have now not won in eight Championship games, and not away from home since August that are just two point above the relegation zone this has to be viewed as two points dropped really as we lose some ground on the play off pack.
For most of the game though it was Rotherham that seemed more likely winners.
They were the first to threatened and could have taken an early lead when a quickly taken freekick from Richard Smallwood picked out Tom Lawrence who laid on to Scott Wooton, but after he had gone round David Marshall we were grateful that Wooton's touch was too heavy and Matthew Connolly was able to cover at the expense of a corner.
From that corner they threatened again. We again switched off but in a goalmouth, and goal line, scramble Alex Revell wasn't able to force the ball home.
We were struggling to get into the game and for much of the opening hour it was Rotherham that seemed most likely to become the first side against Slade at home to score first against us, Lawrence would be next to threaten this. A run past Sean Morrison and Ben Turner ended in an effort that Marshall was able to save with his feet.
Connolly's foul on Ben Pringle gave Rotherham another presentable foul from a freekick on the edge of the area. Emmanuel Ledesma's curling effort hit the netting but this was the side netting as it went wide for a goal kick with the same player forcing Marshall into another save.
Finally, after Federico Macheda was brought for Kenwyne Jones with a little over 15 minutes to play to try and make the difference, a really good chance came our way as he went as close as anyone.
Macheda was put clean through by Craig Noone's pass that left the striker one of one with Adam Collin but the Rotherham goalkeeper saved well to keep him out.
Marshall would come to our aide once more, and made sure Rotherham weren't able to gain a rare and shock win, when he turned Alex Revell's header onto the crossbar with some late Bluebirds pressure unable to bring a breakthrough.