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Rotherham United 2-1 Millwall

Kari Arnason
Kari Arnason's winner put Rotherham six points clear of the relegation zone in the Championship

Crowd trouble marred Rotherham's crucial victory over relegation rivals Millwall at the New York Stadium.

Police had to push visiting fans back as Rotherham completed a second-half comeback to leave Millwall six points from safety in the Championship.

Martyn Woolford had given Millwall the lead but Danny Ward struck an equaliser just after half-time.

Kari Arnason scored the winner five minutes from time to put the Millers six points above the drop zone.

Millwall supporters chanted for the sacking of manager Ian Holloway and tried to invade the home fans' areas with police forced to intervene.

Rotherham, without a win in their last four league matches, started well and put the Millwall penalty area under considerable pressure, with David Forde palming away Ben Pringle's free-kick.

But the Lions scored against the run of play after 20 minutes when Shaun Williams' cross was headed back across goal by Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Woolford's looping volley beat Adam Collin.

Rotherham responded well and and they had a spell camped in the visitors' half, going close on several occasions.

Millwall had a chance to make to it 2-0 nine minutes before the break as Lee Gregory's shot from close range was kept out by Collin.

Rotherham made a flying start to the second half, levelling inside 90 seconds.

Pringle's deep cross was headed back across goal and Ward's low volley from 12 yards caught a slight deflection and beat Forde.

The hosts pushed for the winner and almost took the lead in the 63rd minute when Hunt burst into the area but his fierce drive hit the post and Ward's effort from the rebound was palmed away by Forde.

Their pressure was rewarded in the 85th minute when Arnason was left unmarked from Pringle's corner and he headed home the winner.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "It was a lot of character shown.

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Evans on Rotherham v Millwall

"We got them in at half-time and they were feeling a little bit sorry for themselves. I told them to relax and that I'd stand in front of them whatever happened.

"It helps when we get the early goal but it would have been a travesty if we don't win the game because we have laid siege to their goal."

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "This time last year we had the same points as we have got now, with nine games left we dropped to rock bottom and stayed up.

"There's more than enough points for us. We need to get through this period where things are going against us.

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Holloway on Rotherham v Millwall

"Results are what it is all about, I'm not getting them then the fans turn on me, I'm glad there doing that and not on the team.

"We're in a results business, I'm not getting them and we will discuss that as a club, we won't be forced into anything by other people.

"I believe I can turn this around but if other people don't then it's not in my control. If the supporters had the button they would probably have pushed it."

On the crowd trouble, he added: "I didn't see it, I was concentrating on my job and I felt I acted with dignity from start to finish.

"So the Rotherham fans who were shouting at me about that, what do they want me to do, I am football manager."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 30Hunt
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 4Arnason
  • 28Fryers
  • 17NewtonSubstituted forHammillat 69'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18PringleBooked at 90mins
  • 22WardSubstituted forFrecklingtonat 90+3'minutes
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forSammonat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 8Frecklington
  • 15Milsom
  • 16Richardson
  • 23Sammon
  • 24Hammill
  • 29Clarke-Harris

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 26AbdouBooked at 70mins
  • 2Dunne
  • 5Hooiveld
  • 21Harding
  • 6Williams
  • 28Tonge
  • 11Woolford
  • 8FabbriniSubstituted forUpsonat 86'minutes
  • 29Taylor-FletcherSubstituted forFullerat 58'minutes
  • 9GregorySubstituted forO'Brienat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Upson
  • 16Beevers
  • 19Fuller
  • 22O'Brien
  • 31Martínez
  • 35Nelson
  • 41King
Referee:
Gary Sutton
Attendance:
10,329

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Millwall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Millwall 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Lee Frecklington replaces Danny Ward.

Booking

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Conor Sammon replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Attempt missed. Michael Tonge (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Ed Upson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Ed Upson replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Millwall 1. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

Jack Hunt (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

Offside, Rotherham United. Richard Smallwood tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

Foul by Adam Hammill (Rotherham United).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

Jos Hooiveld (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ezekiel Fryers (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Paul Green.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Diego Fabbrini (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Adam Hammill replaces Conor Newton.

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

Attempt blocked. Conor Newton (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Lee Gregory.

Offside, Millwall. Dan Harding tries a through ball, but Ricardo Fuller is caught offside.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

goal

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7Brentford34184125344958
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