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Rotherham United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Rotherham United player Kari Arnason
Kari Arnason had not scored since March 2011 prior to this game

Rotherham United ended a five-match run without a Championship win with a comfortable victory over Blackburn.

Kari Arnason tucked home a loose ball to put the Millers in front before Luciano Becchio doubled their lead.

Visiting goalkeeper Jason Steele's clearance clattered into the legs of the Argentine, who is on loan from Norwich, and bounced into the net.

Shane Duffy had a header cleared off the line for Blackburn, who have won one of their past four league games.

While Rovers drop to 11th in the table, Rotherham climb two places to 17th with their third league win of the season.

Iceland international Arnason, who had not scored since March 2011, took advantage of Blackburn's failure to clear a corner to calmly stroke home in the fifth minute.

Becchio doubled the lead in fortuitous fashion, with the striker facing away from goal when Steele's clearance struck him and bounced into the net.

Ben Pringle then cleared Duffy's header off the line while the hosts' Anthony Wordsworth failed to make the most of a free header.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans:

"We are still adjusting to a fantastic league, we have beaten the former Premier League champions, it matches any good result we have ever had here.

"The first half was special, it was a shame it couldn't have ended at half-time because it was that good.

"When you beat a team of the stature of Blackburn Rovers you have to be proud.

"We knew a win was around the corner and the corner has come and now we prepare for a trip to the league leaders Norwich."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We gifted the opposition two goals and you can't do that.

"We can't keep giving teams head starts. Jordan Rhodes missed from two yards.

"We could still be out there now and it didn't drop for us and it dropped for them. That's the game summed up."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 16Richardson
  • 5BroadfootSubstituted forMorganat 10'minutes
  • 4Arnason
  • 3Skarz
  • 26TaylorSubstituted forWordsworthat 60'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 8FrecklingtonBooked at 21mins
  • 18Pringle
  • 22Becchio
  • 9RevellSubstituted forBoweryat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 7Hall
  • 10Bowery
  • 20Morgan
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 28Wordsworth
  • 29Clarke-Harris

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 12Marshall
  • 5HanleyBooked at 4mins
  • 22DuffyBooked at 40mins
  • 14Olsson
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forHenleyat 76'minutes
  • 25Tunnicliffe
  • 29EvansBooked at 59mins
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forKingat 45'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forVarneyat 32'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 17Williamson
  • 20Songo'o
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
9,525

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home17
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Rotherham United).

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Paul Green with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Anthony Wordsworth (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Frecklington with a cross.

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers).

Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Alex Revell.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Duffy with a headed pass.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

Attempt blocked. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Paul Green.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Anthony Wordsworth.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Duffy.

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Markus Olsson tries a through ball, but Joshua King is caught offside.

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Henley replaces Chris Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Wordsworth (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Varney.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

goal

As It Stood

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3Watford106221911820
4Derby105411910919
5Ipswich10532148618
6Wolves9531116518
7Charlton10460139418
8Middlesbrough10523148617
9Sheff Wed10442107316
10Reading94231414014
11Blackburn104241618-214
12Brentford104241215-314
13Cardiff103431313013
14Leeds94141012-213
15Bournemouth103341413112
16Millwall103251013-311
17Rotherham10325812-411
18Brighton10244911-210
19Birmingham102441117-610
20Wigan102351012-29
21Huddersfield9225919-108
22Bolton9126715-85
23Fulham9117820-124
24Blackpool10037514-93
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