League One
SwindonSwindon Town1RotherhamRotherham United2
Wes Thomas scored twice against Swindon Town.

Wes Thomas scored twice as Rotherham beat Swindon to secure a League One play-off meeting with Preston.

The Robins were behind after 58 seconds when Thomas latched on to Ben Pringle's pass to score in the left corner.

The pair combined again as Thomas doubled the lead with a far-post header, before Michael Smith reduced the deficit from the penalty spot.

Jay McEveley came close to an equaliser when his 30-yard shot hit the bar but the Millers held on for the win.

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"First half we didn't turn up, that will have taught them a lesson. That's not acceptable.

"Second half we got the required effort and desire, and could have easily got something out of the game just by upping the tempo and getting about the pitch.

"The players have been brilliant (this season), they deserve all the credit in the world.

"The way they were thrown together and to finish in the top half of the table I'm very proud of them."

Rotherham boss Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We made some big changes to allow people with some opportunity to stake a claim.

"I though we were terrific. First half we were exceptional and we should have been over and dusted with the dominance.

"It's going to be tough. It was tough at the start of the season to try and get into the play-offs."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 23Barthram
  • 14McEveleySubstituted forJonesat 87'minutes
  • 19Thompson
  • 29Rossi Branco
  • 40Stephens
  • 3Byrne
  • 39GladwinSubstituted forBarkerat 58'minutes
  • 28Smith
  • 17WaldonSubstituted forRandall-Hurranat 72'minutes
  • 4Luongo

Substitutes

  • 6Reis
  • 20Storey
  • 25Belford
  • 33Barker
  • 36Jones
  • 42Randall-Hurran
  • 44Da Costa

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 2Brindley
  • 3Skarz
  • 8Frecklington
  • 4Arnason
  • 5Davis
  • 27Tavernier
  • 15MilsomSubstituted forO'Connorat 64'minutes
  • 35HitchcockSubstituted forVuckicat 70'minutes
  • 26ThomasSubstituted forAgardat 45'minutes
  • 18Pringle

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 9Revell
  • 10O'Connor
  • 20Morgan
  • 22Agard
  • 28Vuckic
  • 29Walker
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
8,618

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Rotherham United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Rotherham United 2.

  3. Post update

    Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Agard (Rotherham United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Barthram (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Matty Jones replaces James McEveley.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Michael O'Connor.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

  11. Post update

    Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

  13. Post update

    James McEveley (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Richard Brindley (Rotherham United).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Swindon Town. Will Randall-Hurran replaces Connor Waldon.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Haris Vuckic replaces Tom Hitchcock.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

  18. Post update

    James Tavernier (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    James McEveley (Swindon Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves4631105893158103
2Brentford462810872432994
3Leyton Orient4625111085454086
4Rotherham462414886582886
5Preston462316772462685
6Peterborough462351872581474
7Sheff Utd461813154846267
8Swindon46199186359466
9Port Vale46187215973-1461
10MK Dons46179206365-260
11Bradford461417155754359
12Bristol City461319147067358
13Walsall461416164949058
14Crawley461415174854-657
15Oldham461414185059-956
16Colchester461314195361-853
17Gillingham46158236079-1953
18Coventry461613177477-351
19Crewe461312215480-2651
20Notts County46155266477-1350
21Tranmere461211235279-2747
22Carlisle461112234376-3345
23Shrewsbury46915224465-2142
24Stevenage46119264672-2642
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