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Rotherham3Bristol City0

Rotherham United 3-0 Bristol City

Jonson Clarke-Harris scores for Rotherham
Jonson Clarke-Harris has scored three goals for Rotherham this term

Jonson Clarke-Harris' brace guided Rotherham to a crucial win over fellow Championship strugglers Bristol City.

Clarke-Harris scored a curling effort from the edge of the box to put the Millers ahead against the run of play.

The striker then confidently smashed in a penalty after Kirk Broadfoot was brought down by Jonathan Kodjia.

Kieran Agard glanced a header just wide for City, but Lee Frecklington's close-range finish sealed back-to-back league wins for the Millers.

The visitors bossed the opening stages, but Rotherham struck first when Clarke-Harris sent a left-footed curling effort into the far corner.

United keeper Lee Camp had to make a smart save to deny Agard when one-on-one as the hosts' defence opened up.

But Clarke-Harris confidently smashed in from the penalty spot to double the lead.

Agard headed just wide against his former side from Luke Freeman's cross as City looked to find a way back into the match.

Clarke-Harris almost had a first-half hat-trick when he met Frecklington's cross, but Frankie Fielding clawed his volley out.

City dominated possession for much of the match, but struggled to carve out chances and Frecklington capped the win for Neil Redfearn's side, turning in Danny Ward's ball across the box.

Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn: "I felt for 10, 15 minutes we looked a bit shaky and they were really bright. They were really good for 20-25 minutes. We weren't allowed to play well and credit to them for that.

"The first goal came at a good time. I thought after Jonson's first goal we really settled into it. They always looked under pressure.

"When we went a goal up we didn't have to chase the game. We had a good shape to us and broke quite well on them but we kept a high line at the back which was important.

"It's a couple of wins but it's a long old season. The signs are good. When there's nothing in games, like Leeds last week, we look mentally tough as a group.

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill: "We've got to cut out our mistakes.

"Nothing's happened to us in today's game that we haven't worked on this week. We've got to stop that shot. That put us on the backfoot.

"The penalty's a penalty. He got caught the wrong side of him. I've got no problem with that.

"To go in 2-0 down at half-time was crazy from our point of view. It changed us mentally in what we did.

"Both goals were against the run of play. If you don't take your chances that's what can happen to you. It became a counter-attacking game rather than a pressing game for them.

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 2Buxton
  • 12KellySubstituted forRawsonat 44'minutes
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 57mins
  • 4Collins
  • 17Ward
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forBarkerat 86'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 22NewellSubstituted forHyamat 82'minutes
  • 9Ward
  • 19Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 20Rawson
  • 21Collin
  • 25Hyam
  • 26Barker
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 30Toffolo
  • 39Yates

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 13Bennett
  • 5AylingBooked at 64mins
  • 4Flint
  • 17BakerSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes
  • 3Williams
  • 7Smith
  • 15FreemanBooked at 42mins
  • 21PackBooked at 25mins
  • 10AgardSubstituted forWilbrahamat 58'minutes
  • 22KodjiaBooked at 26minsSubstituted forCoxat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 9Cox
  • 14Reid
  • 16Moore
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 23Bryan
  • 24O'Leary
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
8,949

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 3, Bristol City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Bristol City 0.

Foul by Aaron Wilbraham (Bristol City).

Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Ward with a headed pass.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Bristol City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Brandon Barker replaces Lee Frecklington.

Foul by Liam Moore (Bristol City).

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

Elliott Bennett (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Luke Hyam replaces Joe Newell.

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Korey Smith (Bristol City).

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Wilbraham.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 3, Bristol City 0. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Bristol City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marlon Pack following a set piece situation.

Luke Freeman (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United).

Liam Moore (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Simon Cox replaces Jonathan Kodjia because of an injury.

Booking

Luke Ayling (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Lee Camp (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Aden Flint (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Kieran Agard.

Booking

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kieran Agard (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Ward.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brighton18108024141038
2Middlesbrough18113427121536
3Derby18106226111536
4Hull18105327111635
5Burnley189722617934
6Birmingham188462520528
7Ipswich187742825328
8Sheff Wed187742522328
9Reading187652621527
10Cardiff186841916326
11Brentford177372324-124
12QPR186572325-223
13Fulham185763130122
14Blackburn184951918121
15Wolves185672223-121
16Nottm Forest185581619-320
17Leeds184771621-519
18Preston183961316-318
19MK Dons1844101524-916
20Bristol City183781830-1216
21Charlton1844101529-1416
22Huddersfield183691728-1115
23Rotherham1843112133-1215
24Bolton171881124-1311
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