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Rotherham United 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons

Rotherham boosted their League One play-off hopes after coming from behind to beat MK Dons.

The Millers struck twice inside 10 first-half minutes to secure only their second win in 10 League One matches.

Chuks Aneke got the visitors off to a flyer when he curled home a free-kick from 23 yards after nine minutes.

But the Millers levelled after 20 minutes when Semi Ajayi beat a dithering Lee Nicholls to a knock down after Will Vaulks' long throw caused confusion.

The comeback was complete nine minutes later when Vaulks smashed an unstoppable effort into the top corner from long range.

Nicholls produced a stunning reaction save two minutes after the restart to keep out Jerry Yates, before David Ball had a goalbound effort blocked as the Millers pushed for a decisive third.

Aneke should have levelled after 74 minutes when he directed a free header straight at Marek Rodak but the Millers held on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 13Rodák
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 5AjayiBooked at 67mins
  • 4Vaulks
  • 3Mattock
  • 7Forde
  • 8FrecklingtonBooked at 41mins
  • 17Towell
  • 23R WilliamsSubstituted forNewellat 71'minutes
  • 21YatesSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 89'minutes
  • 10BallSubstituted forIhiekweat 90+7'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 18Purrington
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 22Newell
  • 25Cummings
  • 40Wiles

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 2Williams
  • 19Ebanks-LandellBooked at 32mins
  • 5WoottonBooked at 60minsSubstituted forThomas-Asanteat 90+3'minutes
  • 4Walsh
  • 18McGrandlesBooked at 90mins
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forGilbeyat 58'minutes
  • 14Agard
  • 10AnekeBooked at 79mins
  • 11Pawlett
  • 9SowSubstituted forAriyibiat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Ariyibi
  • 8Cissé
  • 13Sietsma
  • 15Seager
  • 16Muirhead
  • 26Gilbey
  • 31Thomas-Asante
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
8,333

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home10
Away6
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home19
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, MK Dons 1.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Michael Ihiekwe replaces David Ball.

Booking

Conor McGrandles (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Conor McGrandles (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Brandon Thomas-Asante replaces Scott Wootton.

Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Jerry Yates.

Delay in match Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Kieran Agard (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Scott Wootton (MK Dons) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Gboly Ariyibi.

David Ball (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor McGrandles (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chuks Aneke (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Richard Towell (Rotherham United).

Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Ball (Rotherham United).

Scott Wootton (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Kieran Agard (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Ryan Williams.

Attempt missed. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by George B Williams.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan22163349123751
2Shrewsbury22145330141647
3Blackburn22135440202044
4Scunthorpe23126531181342
5Bradford2313373628842
6Charlton2210663027336
7Peterborough2310583934535
8Portsmouth23112102726135
9Rotherham23103103833533
10Oxford Utd238783534131
11Walsall227873031-129
12Blackpool237792831-328
13Southend237792637-1128
14Doncaster2376102327-427
15Fleetwood2376103137-627
16Oldham2376103744-727
17Bristol Rovers2390143341-827
18Gillingham236892225-326
19MK Dons236892634-826
20Plymouth2366112232-1024
21Wimbledon2265111727-1023
22Northampton2365121939-2023
23Rochdale2241082429-522
24Bury2245131932-1317
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