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Rotherham United 0-1 Blackburn Rovers

Paul Lambert
Paul Lambert has been linked with the managerial vacancy at his former club Celtic

Blackburn beat Rotherham in their first game since manager Paul Lambert's end-of-season exit was announced.

The loss ended a run of 11 league games unbeaten for Rotherham, who secured Championship safety seven days earlier.

Shane Duffy headed Rovers' winner from Matt Grimes' corner, while Millers keeper Lee Camp denied Danny Graham, Elliott Bennett and Jordi Gomez twice.

Ex-Blackburn striker Leon Best missed the hosts' best chance before half-time, heading wide from close range.

Rovers confirmed Lambert's impending departure on Thursday, with the Scot having only taken charge at Ewood Park in November.

As for Rotherham's managerial situation, Neil Warnock is still to commit his future to the Millers beyond the summer, although chairman Tony Stewart says there is a "strong chance" that the 67-year-old will remain at the club next season.

Rotherham manager Neil Warnock: "I don't think we were prepared. The goal comes and he didn't have to jump for the header. It was a Sunday League goal and I was disappointed in that.

"We lost the game but I can't fault the lads. They have been remarkable but everybody has played their part from the chairman down to the tea lady.

"People have seen magical moments that they will remember for the rest of their lives in this run. We're limited but they have listened to what we've wanted and done their best."

Blackburn manager Paul Lambert: "I thought we deserved to win the game. Lee Camp kept them well in the game but I thought we were brilliant from start to finish.

"We came to play a team who have been playing really well and thought we were outstanding.

"I don't think there is much in the Championship. It doesn't matter if you're on a 20-game winning streak - somebody can come and beat you."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 12Kelly
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 6Wood
  • 3MattockSubstituted forRichardsonat 40'minutes
  • 15Halford
  • 17Ward
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forThomasat 71'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forWardat 73'minutes
  • 50Best

Substitutes

  • 7Thomas
  • 9Ward
  • 11Green
  • 16Richardson
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 26Belaid
  • 30Kenny

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 6Lowe
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 10Marshall
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Jordi GómezSubstituted forEvansat 79'minutes
  • 16GrimesSubstituted forConwayat 86'minutes
  • 31BennettSubstituted forJacksonat 68'minutes
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 9Brown
  • 28Mahoney
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya
  • 35Jackson
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
11,035

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Attempt blocked. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United).

Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Foul by Leon Best (Rotherham United).

Jason Steele (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Corry Evans.

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United).

Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces Matt Grimes.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall tries a through ball, but Simeon Jackson is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Graham.

Attempt saved. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jerome Thomas.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Grimes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans replaces Jordi Gómez.

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Ward with a cross.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Attempt saved. Jordi Gómez (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Grimes with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Danny Ward replaces Matt Derbyshire because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jerome Thomas replaces Lee Frecklington.

Attempt saved. Leon Best (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Simeon Jackson replaces Elliott Bennett.

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Attempt saved. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordi Gómez.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Leon Best with a cross.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Greg Halford with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

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1Middlesbrough452610962303288
2Burnley442415568353387
3Brighton442415570403087
4Hull4523111164343080
5Derby442114965412477
6Sheff Wed451917965432274
7Cardiff451716125550567
8Ipswich451715135251166
9Birmingham451614155248462
10Brentford45188196766162
11Preston451516144444061
12Leeds451416154957-858
13QPR441318135353057
14Wolves451316165157-655
15Blackburn451216174345-252
16Reading451313195156-552
17Nottm Forest451216174146-552
18Bristol City451313195470-1652
19Huddersfield451312205865-751
20Rotherham451310225266-1449
21Fulham451115196579-1448
22Charlton45913234077-3740
23MK Dons45912243867-2939
24Bolton45515254180-3930
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