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Rotherham United 1-1 Birmingham City

Danny Ward
Danny Ward scored his 11th Championship goal of the season to earn Rotherham a point

Danny Ward's late goal ended relegated Rotherham's 10-game losing streak and left Birmingham just four points above the Championship relegation zone.

Ward lashed a powerful low shot past Tomasz Kuszczak into the bottom corner to earn the Millers a deserved point.

Kerim Frei had looked to have earned Birmingham three vital points with his curled free-kick in the second half.

However, Rotherham fought back and could have won it in stoppage time with Jerry Yates shooting over the crossbar.

The Millers, who were relegated to League One on 1 April, could have become the first Championship team since Wimbledon in 2003-04 to lose 11 league games in a row.

But Paul Warne's side fought hard to draw against out-of-form Birmingham, who have now won just two of 23 matches in all competitions under Gianfranco Zola, whose side dropped to 19th place after Bristol City beat QPR.

The Blues struggled to create chances, with Craig Gardner coming closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half when his free-kick was tipped around the post by goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

Che Adams tested O'Donnell with a low shot, but the away side did not look like scoring until Frei came off the bench to bend a 20-yard free-kick past the Millers goalkeeper.

It looked enough to take the points after Will Vaulks and Carlton Morris had spurned good opportunities for Rotherham, but Ward produced a moment of quality to make it 1-1 with a thumping shot into the bottom corner following a long throw-in.

The division's bottom side could have won just their fifth league game of the season at the death, but Yates volleyed over after being picked out by Richard Smallwood in stoppage time.

Rotherham manager Paul Warne:

"My overriding emotion is contentment because of the run we have been on and they scored a wonder goal with the free-kick.

"It's a difficult job when things are going quite right, they could easily down tools.

"Although we could have taken all three points I am still taking pride for the second half. They had a right go.

"I am edged with a bit of disappointment because of the chance we had at the end but I am pretty buoyant."

Birmingham boss Gianfranco Zola:

"Why should I leave before the end of the season? I don't leave things undone, I can handle the situation so why should I leave?

"We have four games to play. We need those points to be safe, then we will focus on next season. Then I will say things that have to be said.

"At the end of the season I will say a few things and we will assess the situation. I will be the first one to take the responsibility for things."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 18O'Donnell
  • 17FisherSubstituted forYatesat 61'minutes
  • 15Ajayi
  • 6WoodBooked at 75mins
  • 3MattockBooked at 57mins
  • 11Taylor
  • 4VaulksBooked at 68mins
  • 33Smallwood
  • 22NewellSubstituted forAdeyemiat 45'minutes
  • 10MorrisSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 77'minutes
  • 9D Ward

Substitutes

  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 26Belaid
  • 27Bray
  • 30Purrington
  • 39Yates
  • 45Bilboe

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31BielikBooked at 53mins
  • 5Shotton
  • 4RobinsonSubstituted forFrei Koyunluat 55'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 2Nsue
  • 26Davis
  • 7TescheSubstituted forMaghomaat 90'minutes
  • 12GardnerSubstituted forKieftenbeldat 80'minutes
  • 3Grounds
  • 14Adams
  • 15JutkiewiczBooked at 42mins

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 8Gleeson
  • 19Maghoma
  • 21Frei Koyunlu
  • 33Keita
  • 48Sinclair
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
10,160

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt missed. Jerry Yates (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Attempt missed. Nsue (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jerry Yates (Rotherham United).

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Robert Tesche.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Che Adams (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Birmingham City 1. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City).

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City).

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

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by David Davis.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Maikel Kieftenbeld replaces Craig Gardner.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Carlton Morris.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

Booking

Kerim Frei (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 0, Birmingham City 1. Kerim Frei (Birmingham City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Krystian Bielik with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kerim Frei (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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4Leeds422271356401673
5Reading41227125657-173
6Sheff Wed422191254411372
7Fulham4219131075532270
8Derby421711144845362
9Preston421613136154761
10Norwich42179167365860
11Brentford421781769591059
12Aston Villa411513134340358
13Barnsley421511166059156
14Cardiff421510175659-355
15Ipswich421216144552-752
16Wolves41149185154-351
17QPR42148204857-950
18Bristol City42138215562-747
19Birmingham421114174261-1947
20Nottm Forest42129215667-1145
21Burton421112194257-1545
22Blackburn421013194863-1543
23Wigan421010223853-1540
24Rotherham4246323694-5818
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