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Nottingham Forest 2-1 Rotherham United

Michail Antonio
Michail Antonio has now scored 15 league goals for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest came from behind to earn their first win of the season at the expense of visitors Rotherham.

Ex-Forest defender Danny Collins headed the Millers ahead early on, but Matt Mills equalised right on half-time.

Michail Antonio put the hosts ahead after the break from close range when Rotherham goalkeeper Kelle Roos failed to deal with a Chris Burke cross.

The deserved result gave Forest a first league win since they beat Rotherham in March.

Steve Evans's Millers have now lost their first two league games of the season and remain winless on their travels since a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield on 7 March.

Things had started well for Rotherham, Collins rising well to head Joe Newell's right-wing corner past Dorus de Vries.

Mills nodded in his first goal for the club from Jamie Ward's cross just before the break and the hosts led in slightly fortunate circumstances when Antonio capitalised on Roos's mistake to net his third goal of the season.

In the end, Forest were comfortable winners and remain unbeaten in 16 league meetings with Rotherham since 1956.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman: "After a good start we had a set-back, but we stuck with the style of play that we want to adapt - and we kept on probing after we had gone behind.

"The outcome was the right result. Credit to Rotherham, because they started well. But I was pleased that we kept faith in our style, we played the way that we wanted.

"The crowd stuck with us, they understood what we were trying to do. And we stayed patient on the pitch. I am pleased that we had a good, professional performance.

"I did not play that well here when I was a player (for Forest) but I do understand the crowd and I know they appreciate good football. I told the players to stick with the style of play that the fans deserve.

"We want to play attacking football."

Rotherham boss Steve Evans: "We played with a lot of energy all over the pitch. There were some outstanding performances and we were only let down by the officials.

"They had two chances to score and they scored two goals. Perhaps we could have defended the second one a little bit better.

"But if we play like that in the Championship for the rest of the season we will come away with a lot of points.

"We have come to play a fantastic football club, in Forest, with good, good players and we are really pleased with our performance. We will get better as well, as the season goes on."

Danny Collins
Danny Collins put Rotherham ahead against his old team
Matt Mills (right)
Matt Mills's header gave the defender his first goal for Nottingham Forest
Michail Antonio (left)
Michail Antonio netted the winner 15 minutes into the second half

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1de Vries
  • 4Mancienne
  • 5Mills
  • 6Wilson
  • 2Lichaj
  • 18Antonio
  • 10Lansbury
  • 24VaughanBooked at 78mins
  • 27Burke
  • 19WardSubstituted forBlackstockat 63'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 34WalkerSubstituted forBurkeat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Fox
  • 21Paterson
  • 23Blackstock
  • 25Hobbs
  • 26Evtimov
  • 31Pinillos
  • 35Burke

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roos
  • 2Buxton
  • 4Collins
  • 15Halford
  • 3Mattock
  • 7MaguireBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWhiteat 72'minutes
  • 8Frecklington
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 22minsSubstituted forThorpeat 81'minutes
  • 22Newell
  • 27DerbyshireBooked at 27mins
  • 18BowerySubstituted forWardat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ward
  • 10Ledesma
  • 11Green
  • 14White
  • 17Ward
  • 21Collin
  • 23Thorpe
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
19,885

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home20
Away15
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Rotherham United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Rotherham United 1.

  3. Post update

    Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

  5. Post update

    Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

  9. Post update

    Greg Halford (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Oliver Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Mancienne.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Danny Ward (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

  13. Booking

    Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).

  15. Post update

    Danny Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Danny Ward.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Oliver Burke replaces Tyler Walker.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Greg Halford with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.