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Rotherham United 2-1 Millwall

Kari Arnason
Kari Arnason's winner put Rotherham six points clear of the relegation zone in the Championship

Crowd trouble marred Rotherham's crucial victory over relegation rivals Millwall at the New York Stadium.

Police had to push visiting fans back as Rotherham completed a second-half comeback to leave Millwall six points from safety in the Championship.

Martyn Woolford had given Millwall the lead but Danny Ward struck an equaliser just after half-time.

Kari Arnason scored the winner five minutes from time to put the Millers six points above the drop zone.

Millwall supporters chanted for the sacking of manager Ian Holloway and tried to invade the home fans' areas with police forced to intervene.

Rotherham, without a win in their last four league matches, started well and put the Millwall penalty area under considerable pressure, with David Forde palming away Ben Pringle's free-kick.

But the Lions scored against the run of play after 20 minutes when Shaun Williams' cross was headed back across goal by Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Woolford's looping volley beat Adam Collin.

Rotherham responded well and and they had a spell camped in the visitors' half, going close on several occasions.

Millwall had a chance to make to it 2-0 nine minutes before the break as Lee Gregory's shot from close range was kept out by Collin.

Rotherham made a flying start to the second half, levelling inside 90 seconds.

Pringle's deep cross was headed back across goal and Ward's low volley from 12 yards caught a slight deflection and beat Forde.

The hosts pushed for the winner and almost took the lead in the 63rd minute when Hunt burst into the area but his fierce drive hit the post and Ward's effort from the rebound was palmed away by Forde.

Their pressure was rewarded in the 85th minute when Arnason was left unmarked from Pringle's corner and he headed home the winner.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "It was a lot of character shown.

"We got them in at half-time and they were feeling a little bit sorry for themselves. I told them to relax and that I'd stand in front of them whatever happened.

"It helps when we get the early goal but it would have been a travesty if we don't win the game because we have laid siege to their goal."

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "This time last year we had the same points as we have got now, with nine games left we dropped to rock bottom and stayed up.

"There's more than enough points for us. We need to get through this period where things are going against us.

"Results are what it is all about, I'm not getting them then the fans turn on me, I'm glad there doing that and not on the team.

"We're in a results business, I'm not getting them and we will discuss that as a club, we won't be forced into anything by other people.

"I believe I can turn this around but if other people don't then it's not in my control. If the supporters had the button they would probably have pushed it."

On the crowd trouble, he added: "I didn't see it, I was concentrating on my job and I felt I acted with dignity from start to finish.

"So the Rotherham fans who were shouting at me about that, what do they want me to do, I am football manager."



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21Collin
  • 30Hunt
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 4Arnason
  • 28Fryers
  • 17NewtonSubstituted forHammillat 69'minutes
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18PringleBooked at 90mins
  • 22WardSubstituted forFrecklingtonat 90+3'minutes
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forSammonat 89'minutes


  • 1Loach
  • 8Frecklington
  • 15Milsom
  • 16Richardson
  • 23Sammon
  • 24Hammill
  • 29Clarke-Harris


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Forde
  • 26AbdouBooked at 70mins
  • 2Dunne
  • 5Hooiveld
  • 21Harding
  • 6Williams
  • 28Tonge
  • 11Woolford
  • 8FabbriniSubstituted forUpsonat 86'minutes
  • 29Taylor-FletcherSubstituted forFullerat 58'minutes
  • 9GregorySubstituted forO'Brienat 66'minutes


  • 15Upson
  • 16Beevers
  • 19Fuller
  • 22O'Brien
  • 31Martinez Cervera
  • 35Nelson
  • 41King
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Millwall 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Lee Frecklington replaces Danny Ward.

  4. Booking

    Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

  6. Post update

    Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Conor Sammon replaces Matt Derbyshire.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Tonge (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

  10. Post update

    Ed Upson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Ed Upson replaces Diego Fabbrini.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 2, Millwall 1. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

  14. Post update

    Jack Hunt (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

  16. Post update

    Offside, Rotherham United. Richard Smallwood tries a through ball, but Matt Derbyshire is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Adam Hammill (Rotherham United).

  20. Post update

    Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

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10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
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