Championship
RotherhamRotherham United2BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion0
Matt Derbyshire

Struggling Rotherham consigned Brighton to their first away defeat of the season in the Championship.

Danny Ward gave the hosts the lead just before half-time as he volleyed in from Joe Mattock's cross.

Brighton improved after the break, but Matt Derbyshire increased the Millers' lead by stabbing home from close range.

Tomer Hemed hit the post late on for the Seagulls, but the visitors - who slip to sixth in the table - could not find a way past keeper Lee Camp.

The result means Rotherham move up to 20th in the Championship table while Brighton have now gone six games without a goal and are winless in eight games in all competitions.

The hosts went ahead when Mattock sent in a left-wing cross which had Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk fooled as Ward volleyed from close range.

Rotherham doubled their lead late in the second half as Bruno Saltor headed into the path of Derbyshire who easily tapped home from six yards.

Brighton came close to finding a consolation when Hemed hit the post from close range, but they could not find a breakthrough.

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn:

"We deserved it, I don't think anybody could doubt that.

"Brighton played their part, but I thought the difference was the front two. I thought the front two were magnificent and they were a real threat for 90 minutes.

"The fact that you have got that energy up front helps you defend from the front. It's a long season, we haven't got to look too far ahead, we have got to keep chipping away.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"In the second half we gave ourselves opportunities to get back in the game. I think we were well off it in the first half, they got a rhythm.

"At the minute, most defensive mistakes we are getting punished for and you can't win football games if you don't score and we are struggling at that.

"Arguably there's stuff we're not getting away with at the minute that we were in our good run. We are getting punished for mistakes."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 28FaceySubstituted forRichardsonat 75'minutes
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 26Belaid
  • 3Mattock
  • 17Ward
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 22Newell
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 9WardSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Collins
  • 6Wood
  • 10Ledesma
  • 13Cairns
  • 16Richardson
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 23Thorpe

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3GreerSubstituted forCroftsat 83'minutes
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Ridgewell
  • 27Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 15MurphySubstituted forLua Luaat 72'minutes
  • 21WilsonSubstituted forZamoraat 62'minutes
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Crofts
  • 9Baldock
  • 14Calderon
  • 17Goldson
  • 25Zamora
  • 30Lua Lua
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
9,269

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  4. Post update

    Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lee Camp.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Frazer Richardson.

  7. Post update

    Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

    Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Green (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Bruno.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Anthony Knockaert tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Newell.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrew Crofts replaces Gordon Greer because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

  19. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  20. Post update

    Delay in match Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.