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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

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

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

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.

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

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

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.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest).

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

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Danny Ward.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Oliver Burke replaces Tyler Walker.

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.

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

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Tom Thorpe replaces Richard Smallwood.

Foul by Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest).

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest).

Aidan White (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dexter Blackstock with a headed pass.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kelle Roos.

Attempt saved. Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Aidan White replaces Chris Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Danny Ward replaces Jordan Bowery.

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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3Brentford21106424
4Charlton21103124
5Birmingham21104314
6Ipswich21104314
7Preston21101014
8MK Dons21014223
9Hull11002023
10Sheff Wed21013213
11Wolves11002113
12Nottm Forest21012203
13Burnley20203302
14Cardiff20203302
15Derby20201102
16Leeds10101101
17Blackburn201123-11
18Fulham201123-11
19QPR201124-21
20Huddersfield201113-21
21Bolton201103-31
22Reading100112-10
23Bristol City200226-40
24Rotherham200226-40
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