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Ipswich Town 0-1 Rotherham United

Rotherham's Leon Best celebrates his goal against Ipswich
Leon Best's first two goals for Rotherham helped the Millers complete a late comeback to draw with Derby seven days earlier

Leon Best's third goal in two games helped lift Rotherham out of the relegation places with victory over play-off chasing Ipswich.

A Matt Derbyshire break and a miscued finish from the unmarked Best put the Millers ahead late in the first half.

Rotherham's Stephen Kelly then cleared a Freddie Sears shot off the line and goalkeeper Lee Camp denied Ipswich's Daryl Murphy early in the second half.

Ipswich had a late chance to level, but Ben Pringle's ball flashed across goal.

Victory saw the Millers move up to 20th and out of the relegation zone for the first time since Neil Warnock's arrival as boss in February.

But Mick McCarthy's Ipswich have slipped four points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday in sixth spot, with the Owls consolidating their play-off spot by beating strugglers Charlton 3-0.

There was a flurry of goalmouth action before the interval at Portman Road with Ipswich's Luke Chambers denied by Camp, whose opposite number Bartosz Bialkowski pushed away a low Grant Ward effort at the other end before Rotherham scored their winner.

Kelly twice thwarted Ipswich after the break, getting behind Sears' shot before getting a touch on a Christophe Berra header.

On-loan Bolton winger Liam Feeney made an energetic introduction for Town, twice finding Jonas Knudsen, while a late push forward by the debutant eventually forced a chance for Pringle to smash across goal, which Berra just failed to divert into the net.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "We deserved to get booed off. It was a poor performance but I take a big part of the responsibility for that.

"I left the team as it was on Tuesday (a 2-0 win over Blackburn) when in hindsight I should have changed it.

"Maybe they didn't have the legs or energy. But all round the side, and I include myself, none of us came out of that with any glory."

Rotherham boss Neil Warnock: "I thought we deserved the win. We were so solid at the back and restricted them - our goalkeeper didn't have shots to save.

"Overall, our lads have done ever so well. We are limited but the Championship is my cup of tea.

"I have come here for 14 matches and I am loving it. I don't feel under any pressure and I have asked the lads just to give me their best.

"Leon Best has come in and I think he is the only player on that pitch who could have scored that goal - it was a better one than what people might think."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 54mins
  • 22DouglasSubstituted forFeeneyat 45'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 19HyamSubstituted forBruat 74'minutes
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forPringleat 70'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 20Sears

Substitutes

  • 7Maitland-Niles
  • 12Feeney
  • 15Pringle
  • 17Bru
  • 37Digby
  • 38Crowe
  • 44Foley

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 12Kelly
  • 34Doyley
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 3Mattock
  • 15HalfordBooked at 61mins
  • 17Ward
  • 8Frecklington
  • 33Smallwood
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forNewellat 79'minutes
  • 50BestSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 9Ward
  • 11Green
  • 14Burke
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 22Newell
  • 30Kenny
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
20,318

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Rotherham United 1.

Attempt missed. Ben Pringle (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Greg Halford.

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Greg Halford.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Grant Ward.

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

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Leon Best.

Foul by Liam Feeney (Ipswich Town).

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Ward (Rotherham United).

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Ward (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Matt Derbyshire because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru replaces Luke Hyam.

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Ben Pringle replaces Brett Pitman.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Leon Best (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley382112561313075
2Brighton381914552351771
3Middlesbrough37217948232570
4Hull37199950232766
5Derby381713851351664
6Sheff Wed381614856362062
7Cardiff38151494941859
8Ipswich381610124644258
9Birmingham371511114135656
10Preston381314113635153
11QPR381215114743451
12Wolves381212144651-548
13Leeds371114123745-847
14Blackburn381113143736146
15Nottm Forest381113143436-246
16Huddersfield38129175253-145
17Reading371112144243-145
18Brentford37127184859-1143
19Bristol City381110174058-1843
20Rotherham38116214462-1839
21Fulham38814165764-738
22MK Dons38910193251-1937
23Charlton38711203469-3532
24Bolton38414203668-3226
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