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Rotherham United 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Rotherham United player Kari Arnason
Kari Arnason had not scored since March 2011 prior to this game

Rotherham United ended a five-match run without a Championship win with a comfortable victory over Blackburn.

Kari Arnason tucked home a loose ball to put the Millers in front before Luciano Becchio doubled their lead.

Visiting goalkeeper Jason Steele's clearance clattered into the legs of the Argentine, who is on loan from Norwich, and bounced into the net.

Shane Duffy had a header cleared off the line for Blackburn, who have won one of their past four league games.

While Rovers drop to 11th in the table, Rotherham climb two places to 17th with their third league win of the season.

Iceland international Arnason, who had not scored since March 2011, took advantage of Blackburn's failure to clear a corner to calmly stroke home in the fifth minute.

Becchio doubled the lead in fortuitous fashion, with the striker facing away from goal when Steele's clearance struck him and bounced into the net.

Ben Pringle then cleared Duffy's header off the line while the hosts' Anthony Wordsworth failed to make the most of a free header.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans:

"We are still adjusting to a fantastic league, we have beaten the former Premier League champions, it matches any good result we have ever had here.

"The first half was special, it was a shame it couldn't have ended at half-time because it was that good.

"When you beat a team of the stature of Blackburn Rovers you have to be proud.

"We knew a win was around the corner and the corner has come and now we prepare for a trip to the league leaders Norwich."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We gifted the opposition two goals and you can't do that.

"We can't keep giving teams head starts. Jordan Rhodes missed from two yards.

"We could still be out there now and it didn't drop for us and it dropped for them. That's the game summed up."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Collin
  • 16Richardson
  • 5BroadfootSubstituted forMorganat 10'minutes
  • 4Arnason
  • 3Skarz
  • 26TaylorSubstituted forWordsworthat 60'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 8FrecklingtonBooked at 21mins
  • 18Pringle
  • 22Becchio
  • 9RevellSubstituted forBoweryat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 7Hall
  • 10Bowery
  • 20Morgan
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 28Wordsworth
  • 29Clarke-Harris

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Steele
  • 12Marshall
  • 5HanleyBooked at 4mins
  • 22DuffyBooked at 40mins
  • 14Olsson
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forHenleyat 76'minutes
  • 25Tunnicliffe
  • 29EvansBooked at 59mins
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forKingat 45'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forVarneyat 32'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 17Williamson
  • 20Songo'o
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
9,525

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home17
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Rotherham United).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luciano Becchio (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Paul Green with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jason Steele.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Wordsworth (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Frecklington with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jason Steele.