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Rotherham United 1-2 Burnley

By Gary SmeeBBC Sport
Sam Vokes
Sam Vokes earned Burnley their fifth win of the season

Sam Vokes' late strike gave Burnley victory over managerless Rotherham.

The Millers, who parted company with Steve Evans on Monday, went behind in the ninth minute as Andre Gray stole in to finish coolly past Lee Camp.

Striker Vokes hit the upright and Camp saved brilliantly from David Jones in a fine first half for the visitors.

Grant Ward levelled with a stunning effort from 25 yards, but Vokes pounced nine minutes from time after Scott Arfield's initial shot was saved.

The victory for Sean Dyche's Clarets moves them up to third in the Championship, while Rotherham, under the leadership of caretaker boss Eric Black, slip a place to 21st.

The hosts, who had conceded 17 goals before the match, showed their defensive frailties for the opening goal as Gray beat Danny Collins to the ball inside the area and fired a low shot into the bottom right corner.

Wales international Vokes almost doubled the lead just after the half-hour as he struck a 25-yard shot against the post before Camp tipped Jones' low effort away.

Rotherham's best effort of the first half saw Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, named in Roy Hodgson's England squad on Thursday, save Matt Derbyshire's low shot.

The Millers were more lively after the break but could not find a breakthrough until a piece of brilliance from Tottenham loanee Ward.

The 20-year-old jinked into a shooting position and sent an unstoppable strike into the top left hand corner.

However, Burnley took all three points when Camp kept out Arfield's strike from point-blank range, but Vokes reacted first to turn the ball home from six yards.

Rotherham caretaker manager Eric Black:

"I will just carry on until a decision [about who will be the new manager] is made. The chairman will make a decision that is right for the club.

"I am here, I am employed by the club, I will go along with that and see where it takes us.

"I just want to go and have a lie down. We are two men down on the training ground which puts a little bit of pressure on. We'll reflect on the game and carry on from there."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche:

"There has got to be credit to them. Sometimes the hardest fight is the one that every thinks you're going to win, but I thought we deserved it overall.

"They kept fighting, they kept pressing, they pressed very hard, they gave everything to try and win. They get a worldy out of the blue and all of a sudden it's 'what's gone on there?'

"I am delighted with the mentality of the players; it rubs off on each other."

Andre Gray
Andre Gray scored his second Burnley goal since joining from Brentford in August
Scott Arfield
Scott Arfield's saved shot led to Burnley's winner
Eric Black
Eric Black was placed in temporary charge of Rotherham on Monday



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Camp
  • 2Buxton
  • 20RawsonSubstituted forBroadfootat 77'minutes
  • 4CollinsBooked at 61mins
  • 3Mattock
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 65mins
  • 17Ward
  • 22NewellSubstituted forWardat 71'minutes
  • 24AndreuSubstituted forMaguireat 71'minutes
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 19Clarke-HarrisBooked at 90mins


  • 5Broadfoot
  • 7Maguire
  • 9Ward
  • 10Ledesma
  • 14White
  • 16Richardson
  • 21Collin


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 27Darikwa
  • 4Duff
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 21BoydSubstituted forTaylorat 76'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 13Barton
  • 37Arfield
  • 9Vokes
  • 7GraySubstituted forLongat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 2Lowton
  • 11Kightly
  • 15Taylor
  • 20Ulvestad
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
  • 24Long
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Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBurnley
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Burnley 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Burnley 2.

  3. Booking

    Chris Long (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Taylor (Burnley).

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Booking

    Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Joey Barton (Burnley) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

  10. Post update

    Joey Barton (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Grant Ward.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Chris Long replaces Andre Gray.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Rotherham United. Grant Ward tries a through ball, but Danny Ward is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire with a headed pass.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andre Gray (Burnley).

  19. Post update

    Offside, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris tries a through ball, but Danny Ward is caught offside.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 1, Burnley 2. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 2nd October 2015

As It Stood

11Nottm Forest933399012
12Sheff Wed93331213-112
23MK Dons9216813-57
24Bristol City91351119-86
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