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Rotherham United 3-2 Wigan Athletic

Aimen Belaid
Belaid's goal was his first for Rotherham since arriving from Levski Sofia in January

Rotherham survived a second-half comeback by Wigan to close the gap on their nearest rivals at the bottom of the Championship to five points.

The hosts took the lead when Aimen Belaid slammed home from close range.

Danny Ward's shot deflected off Richard Wood before going in and Dan Burn then turned the ball into his own net.

Yanic Wildschut pulled one back with a shot from the edge of the area before Jordi Gomez struck from 20 yards to make it 3-2, but the Millers held on.

The visitors produced a stirring performance after the break but three first-half goals were enough to leave them with a fifth consecutive defeat.

Belaid put the hosts in front early on, firing in from inside the box, and they were 2-0 up after 32 minutes when Ward's shot was diverted past Jussi Jaaskelainen by Wood.

Tom Adeyemi then hit the bar with a 25-yard effort, before the Millers claimed a third when Ward's shot was saved by Jaaskelainen before bouncing into the net off Latics defender Burn.

Wigan were a different side after the break but, despite Wildschut and Gomez reducing the deficit to a single goal, they were left empty handed after Will Grigg had a goal disallowed in added time for deliberate handball.

Rotherham caretaker manager Paul Warne: "I was a nervous wreck.

"When the first one went in I started to worry because momentum is a massive thing in sport. I thought, 'Here we go'.

"I felt a bit helpless. They kept coming at us, but I am proud of the lads, they give everything, they put their bodies on the line.

"I never expected it to be easy, no game is. Did I enjoy the second half? No. Am I happy with the win? Yes."

Wigan boss Warren Joyce: "To go 3-0 down you have got a mountain to climb, we have had a rally in the second half.

"You can't give any team a goal start, never mind a three-goal start. The second half was a lot better. But you can't give a team that lead.

"It's not like we have been carved apart in the first half, it was poor individual errors really. It was as simple as that."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 12Price
  • 17FisherBooked at 45mins
  • 6Wood
  • 26BelaidBooked at 36mins
  • 3MattockBooked at 20mins
  • 7Forde
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 8Frecklington
  • 22NewellSubstituted forVaulksat 84'minutes
  • 37BrownSubstituted forOdemwingieat 68'minutes
  • 9WardBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kelly
  • 4Vaulks
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 11Taylor
  • 13Odemwingie
  • 20Blackstock
  • 45Bilboe

Wigan

  • 22Jääskeläinen
  • 13KellettSubstituted forByrneat 80'minutes
  • 3Buxton
  • 33Burn
  • 23Warnock
  • 17JacobsBooked at 90mins
  • 6Power
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 9Grigg
  • 21DaviesBooked at 31minsSubstituted forLe Fondreat 56'minutes
  • 31Wildschut

Substitutes

  • 10Byrne
  • 11Le Fondre
  • 15Flores
  • 18Woolery
  • 29Burke
  • 36Lavercombe
  • 44Stubbs
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
10,158

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 3, Wigan Athletic 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Wigan Athletic 2.

Stephen Warnock (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Max Power.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde.

Booking

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Peter Odemwingie.

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Richard Wood (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Jake Buxton (Wigan Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jordi Gómez with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

Max Power (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Will Vaulks replaces Joe Newell.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Stephen Warnock tries a through ball, but William Grigg is caught offside.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nathan Byrne replaces Andy Kellett because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 3, Wigan Athletic 2. Jordi Gómez (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andy Kellett.

Offside, Rotherham United. Joe Mattock tries a through ball, but Danny Ward is caught offside.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Jake Buxton tries a through ball, but William Grigg is caught offside.

Foul by Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Ward with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Peter Odemwingie replaces Isaiah Brown.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andy Kellett.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Andy Kellett (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

goal

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