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Rotherham United 2-1 Brentford

Danny Ward
Danny Ward's goal was just his third this season

Rotherham United earned their first win in four attempts under new manager Neil Warnock to move to within three points of Championship safety.

The Millers also scored for the first time under Warnock through Matt Derbyshire after good work by Lee Frecklington.

Brentford levelled when Alan Judge scored on the follow-up after his penalty was saved by Lee Camp.

But Rotherham secured a first win in eight games through Danny Ward.

Ward's 71st-minute goal following a corner means the Millers, who occupy the final relegation place, are now within one victory of MK Dons, who lost a thrilling game against Blackburn Rovers.

The Bees had the better of things early on with home 'keeper Camp making a superb save to deny Judge.

But Warnock's men, playing in a predictably physical style, looked like they would be ahead at the break thanks to Derbyshire, only for referee Mark Brown to penalise Frecklington when he appeared to win the ball from Sergi Canos.

The Millers managed to block out the sense of injustice following the penalty equaliser, and Greg Halford went close and Ward saw a shot tipped on to the bar before Ward's close-range winner.

Rotherham boss Neil Warnock:

"It's nice to get the win, I said to the lads 'how does it feel, that's what you have to go through'.

"I really enjoyed it. They gave me absolutely everything, that's the Championship, you have to do that as a minimum.

"We have got some tough games coming up but they will be tough for them. It helps to get three points, just to get us back in the mix. They couldn't have given any more, we might be a bit limited, but we're not lacking in the heart stakes.

"I love the Championship because it is the way it is. I am usually going for promotion and you always come unstuck against teams at the bottom. I think we can be a coupon-buster in the next few weeks."

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

"What went wrong was we got involved in a tear up and that is not our game. Our game is about playing football, passing and moving it.

"We did it at times in the first half without really creating too many opportunities. In the second half, we have given opportunity for the official to give too many free-kicks.

"I thought we had a very harsh penalty given in our favour. I thought their lad has touched the ball, at the time I thought it was a penalty but I have seen it back. I want to know why the second half was managed and officiating in a different way to the first half.

"It got their tails up, then we got involved in a bit of a scrap and then it became a bit of a 50/50. We probably deserved to lose in the end. Both goals were very poor goals, but then we had a great chance to equalise afterwards."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 16Richardson
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 15Halford
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forGreenat 81'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forWardat 76'minutes
  • 50BestSubstituted forWardat 64'minutes
  • 27DerbyshireBooked at 30mins

Substitutes

  • 9Ward
  • 11Green
  • 12Kelly
  • 17Ward
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 22Newell
  • 30Kenny

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 28Yennaris
  • 6Dean
  • 22O'Connell
  • 3BidwellBooked at 88mins
  • 10McEachranBooked at 56minsSubstituted forKerschbaumerat 78'minutes
  • 15Woods
  • 47CanosSubstituted forVibeat 83'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19Swift
  • 8DjuricinSubstituted forHofmannat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 21Vibe
  • 29Barbet
  • 36Clarke
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
8,534

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lasse Vibe (Brentford).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Philipp Hofmann.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Konstantin Kerschbaumer with a cross.

  7. Booking

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

  9. Post update

    Greg Halford (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Brentford).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Philipp Hofmann (Brentford).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Lasse Vibe replaces Sergi Canos.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Green replaces Lee Frecklington.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jack O'Connell (Brentford).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Grant Ward.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Richard Wood with a headed pass.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley341811553272665
2Hull33197748192964
3Middlesbrough32197644172764
4Brighton331612545341160
5Derby341512745301557
6Sheff Wed341413750351555
7Cardiff34131384538752
8Birmingham33149103932751
9Ipswich33149104140151
10Preston341212103332148
11QPR341014104140144
12Reading331110123836243
13Wolves341110134247-543
14Brentford34127154753-643
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
16Huddersfield34109154446-239
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Blackburn32813113130137
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
20Fulham34812145156-536
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
22Rotherham3485213859-2129
23Bolton34413173256-2425
24Charlton34510193065-3525
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