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Millers in relegation fight after Bluebirds defeat

Cardiff all-but assured their survival in the Championship tonight after securing a late 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Rotherham United. Cedric Kipre struck the nail in the coffin in the closing minutes at the New York Stadium - just over a month after the original fixture had been abandoned with Cardiff leading the game anyway, after the pitch became waterlogged after torrential rain. Blue Birds now move six points clear of the relegation zone with two games remaining in the Championship campaign.

Rotherham, meanwhile, remain three points above the drop, who will now be in need of three points to essentially guarantee their safety from their final two games. It was drama nearly from the off in such a big game near the bottom of the table. Rotherham started the brighter and Jordan Hugill hit the bar early on, before Cardiff took the lead with their first real attack on 11 minutes. Perry Ng's cross found Kion Etete in the box, and he headed in after defensive error. Rotherham rebuilt their momentum and found a deserved equaliser on 37th minute. It also came from a ball into the box as Wes Harding found Ogbene, who thumped a replying header into the roof of the net.

Conor Coventry was then guilty of bringing down Jaden Philogene in the box - or at least on the edge of the box - to which a penalty was given, but unfortunately for the traveling City fans, Kaba rattled the crossbar anyway from the penalty spot, just before half-time. The second half seemed to dwindle a little as both sides played towards a point, but in the 87th minute Cedric Kipre managed to capitalise on Rotherham's failure to clear from a free-kick, flashing home a fierce strike from close range to seal a vital Cardiff win.

Rotherham now need to face playoff contenders Middlesbrough on bank-holiday Monday, which is obviously going to be a difficult task given their current form, however other upcoming games in the Championship bottom half of the table may just help the Millers remain in the Championship next season should results go their way.

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