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Rotherham United 2-1 Reading

Matt Derbyshire celebrates scoring for Rotherham against Reading
Rotherham striker Matt Derbyshire celebrates the crucial opener against Reading

Rotherham secured their Championship survival with a 2-1 victory over Reading that relegated Wigan and Millwall.

Second-half goals from Matt Derbyshire and Lee Frecklington at the New York Stadium gave the Millers only their second win in nine games.

They are now four points clear of Millwall and six ahead of Wigan with just one round of games to play.

Oliver Norwood pulled one back late on for 19th-placed Reading.

Rotherham had three points deducted last week for fielding an ineligible player, but have still managed to retain their Championship place after taking eight points from their last five matches.

And it has condemned Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013, to League One following their second relegation in three seasons.

The Latics will be joined in the third tier by Millwall, whose five-year stay in the Championship has also been ended by Rotherham's victory.

Championship

All of the relegation and automatic promotion spots in the second tier have been decided, meaning only two play-off spots are left to play for on Saturday. Ipswich, Derby, Brentford and Wolves all remain in contention.

But Rotherham's win means their trip to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United is now irrelevant. The Millers were in control in the opening half against Reading but were unable to break down a resilient away defence.

The deadlock was eventually broken on 52 minutes when Rotherham top-scorer Derbyshire pounced on a Danny Ward cross from close range for his 10th goal of the season.

That strike calmed home nerves and six minutes later Ward was again the provider with a low cross for Frecklington to prod home at the far post.

Midfielder Norwood ensured a nervy final four minutes for the Millers when he fired home from the edge of the box for only his second goal of the season, but Reading have now lost their last five matches.

Matt Derbyshire
Rotherham striker Matt Derbyshire netted his 10th goal of the season

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 26Martinez
  • 30Hunt
  • 20Morgan
  • 5BroadfootSubstituted forWoodat 62'minutes
  • 3Lafferty
  • 8Frecklington
  • 33Smallwood
  • 4Arnason
  • 18Pringle
  • 22WardSubstituted forGreenat 90'minutes
  • 27DerbyshireBooked at 81minsSubstituted forBoweryat 81'minutes

Substitutes

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

Reading

  • 31Andersen
  • 3Kelly
  • 15Hector
  • 35Cooper
  • 2Gunter
  • 21Karacan
  • 6Norwood
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forMackieat 62'minutes
  • 10Cox
  • 7PogrebnyakSubstituted forStaceyat 82'minutes
  • 11ObitaSubstituted forMcClearyat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 5Pearce
  • 12McCleary
  • 19Mackie
  • 22Blackman
  • 37Stacey
  • 44Appiah
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
11,123

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Reading 1.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Pringle.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Green replaces Danny Ward.

Offside, Rotherham United. Richard Smallwood tries a through ball, but Jordan Bowery is caught offside.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Reading).

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Reading 1. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Kelly.

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United).

Jem Karacan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jack Stacey replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Booking

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Emiliano Martinez.

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jem Karacan.

Jem Karacan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Offside, Rotherham United. Kári Arnason tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United).

Offside, Reading. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Michael Hector is caught offside.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Daniel Lafferty.

Offside, Rotherham United. Craig Morgan tries a through ball, but Danny Ward is caught offside.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Jordan Obita.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Richard Wood replaces Kirk Broadfoot because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jamie Mackie replaces Nathaniel Chalobah.

Attempt missed. Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Richard Smallwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Danny Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford452771190494188
2Bournemouth452512895455087
3Middlesbrough452591168373184
4Norwich4524111084463883
5Ipswich4522121170511978
6Derby4521141085533277
7Brentford452291475591675
8Wolves4521121266541275
9Blackburn451616136357664
10Charlton451418135457-360
11Birmingham451515155364-1160
12Nottm Forest451514167067359
13Cardiff451514165560-559
14Sheff Wed451417144248-659
15Leeds451510205061-1155
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham451410216079-1952
18Bolton451312205466-1251
19Reading451211224569-2447
20Brighton451016194454-1046
21Rotherham451115194667-2145
22Millwall45914224072-3241
23Wigan45912243961-2239
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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