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Rotherham United 1-1 Norwich City

Gary Hooper
Norwich goalscorer Gary Hooper joined from Celtic in 2013

Rotherham increased their Championship survival hopes with a late equaliser against 10-man Norwich, whose automatic promotion hopes are still intact.

City's Lewis Grabban was sent off in the 25th minute after appearing to throw a punch at Craig Morgan.

But Gary Hooper fired a 25-yard shot into the top-right corner on 56 minutes to put the visitors ahead.

Rotherham, deducted three points on Friday, levelled as Jordan Bowery headed in Adam Hammill's cross.

With Middlesbrough losing at Fulham and Bournemouth not playing until Monday, the point for Alex Neil's Norwich side sees them stay fourth, a point behind the second-placed Cherries and Middlesbrough, in third.

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Neil on Rotherham v Norwich

The Millers, who were docked the points for fielding an ineligible player, remain a point clear of 22nd-placed Millwall, who let a two-goal lead slip to draw with Derby.

Backed by 2,300 travelling fans, a bright opening from the visitors saw Nathan Redmond's 25-yard shot comfortably saved by home goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez before the game's major talking point midway through the half.

Former Bournemouth player Grabban appeared to throw a punch at Morgan and was shown a straight red card by referee Mark Brown.

Shortly after the Canaries were reduced to 10 men, Rotherham's Danny Ward wasted the best chance of the half when he sliced Matt Derbyshire's cross inches wide.

Rotherham started the second half on top, with Ward and Derbyshire both going close, before Norwich substitute Hooper took the ball on the edge of the box and smashed an unstoppable shot past Martinez.

Canaries keeper John Ruddy saved Lee Frecklington's shot from close range before Derbyshire poked the ball wide.

However, the hosts eventually made their man advantage count when Bowery headed Hammill's accurate cross into the bottom corner.

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans:

"It was a stunning performance, as soon as we changed the system after they dominated the opening 10 minutes the game changed.

"We sit here and go away frustrated, we counted five simple, simple chances that we missed."

Norwich City manager Alex Neil:

"We have got to take care of ourselves. If Bournemouth win the game fair play, they will deserve to be where they are.

"It won't be difficult to lift ourselves, it looks as if we will be ending up in the play-offs, we want to win against Fulham and take that momentum into the play-offs. We want to put some wrongs right.

Lewis Grabban

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 26Martinez
  • 30Hunt
  • 20Morgan
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 3Lafferty
  • 8Frecklington
  • 33Smallwood
  • 4Arnason
  • 18PringleSubstituted forHammillat 63'minutes
  • 22WardSubstituted forBoweryat 69'minutes
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 10Bowery
  • 11Green
  • 21Collin
  • 24Hammill
  • 25Wilson
  • 29Clarke-Harris

Norwich

  • 1RuddyBooked at 31mins
  • 5Martin
  • 24Bennett
  • 30Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 41Dorrans
  • 8HowsonBooked at 83mins
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forJeromeat 77'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forHooperat 33'minutes
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 7GrabbanBooked at 26mins

Substitutes

  • 3Cuéllar
  • 10Jerome
  • 11Hooper
  • 17Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 39Odjidja-Ofoe
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
11,498

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home23
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Norwich City 1.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

Booking

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Norwich City. Bradley Johnson tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kári Arnason.

Attempt missed. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

Adam Hammill (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Norwich City 1. Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

Offside, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

Booking

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

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

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Daniel Lafferty (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Nathan Redmond.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Bowery with a cross.

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Emiliano Martinez.

Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Danny Ward.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

Attempt blocked. Adam Hammill (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Lafferty with a cross.

Attempt saved. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford452771190494188
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough452591168373184
4Norwich4524111084463883
5Ipswich4522121170511978
6Derby4521141085533277
7Brentford452291475591675
8Wolves4521121266541275
9Blackburn451616136357664
10Charlton451418135457-360
11Birmingham451515155364-1160
12Nottm Forest451514167067359
13Cardiff451514165560-559
14Sheff Wed451417144248-659
15Leeds451510205061-1155
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham451410216079-1952
18Bolton441312195463-951
19Reading441211214467-2347
20Brighton451016194454-1046
21Rotherham441015194466-2242
22Millwall45914224072-3241
23Wigan45912243961-2239
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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