Football: Welsh Leaks; LAWRENCE BLASTS AS BLUEBIRDS SHIP GOALS CARDIFF.........1 Thorne 30 MILLWALL.......3 Roberts 5, Cahill 65, Sweeney 84

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Football: Welsh Leaks; LAWRENCE BLASTS AS BLUEBIRDS SHIP GOALS CARDIFF.........1 Thorne 30 MILLWALL.......3 Roberts 5, Cahill 65, Sweeney 84


Byline: JOHN GUBBA

FURIOUS Cardiff manager Lenny Lawrence admitted to being "horrified" as his side's calamitous defending sent them crashing again.

Lawrence's team have now leaked 14 goals in their last five games.

After Millwall had been gifted their first away win since August, he warned that changes would be made before the Boxing Day clash against Walsall.

"The problem is that right now the standard of our defending has been the worst in the two years I've been here," he said.

"We've become too easy to beat. The first two goals were so easy it was ridiculous.

"Until we can eradicate these kinds of errors, we're going to struggle. But I still believe that, if we can reorganise ourselves, we have enough here to mount a challenge for play-off spot.

"We'll go back to the drawing board on Monday - and there will be changes."

It was easy to understand Lawrence's anger.

It took just five minutes for Millwall - without a win themselves in six games - to expose all those recent defensive frailties and surge ahead.

A howler by goalkeeper Neil Alexander gifted them the opening goal.

Andy Roberts' swinging corner sailed over the hapless Alexander and just inside the far post.

At least Cardiff, with fit-again skipper Graham Kavanagh pulling the strings in midfield, battled their way back to equalise after 30 minutes.

Kavanagh, making a welcome return after a month's absence with an ankle injury, lifted his side after that stuttering start.

They finally made it count when Richard Langley burst deep into Millwall territory before finding Rhys Weston, whose low, first-time cross gave Peter Thorne the chance to rifle the ball home from close range.

Cardiff's record signing just can't stop scoring these days.

It was his seventh in five games since his return from a knee injury but while he is flourishing, his partner Robert Earnshaw has hit one of those barren spells. …

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