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MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons0RotherhamRotherham United4

Milton Keynes Dons 0-4 Rotherham United

Rotherham
Rotherham were struggling in the relegation zone in mid-February

Rotherham took a huge step towards retaining their Championship status by thrashing relegation rivals MK Dons.

Matt Derbyshire struck in the first minute before Leon Best scored from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Cody Cropper brought down Richard Wood.

The visitors confirmed their dominance through Kirk Broadfoot's header and Richard Smallwood's neat finish.

Rotherham, 21st place in the table, moved nine points clear of MK Dons, who remain third bottom.

The atmosphere inside Stadium MK was tense before kick-off, but almost immediately the Rotherham fans were celebrating as Derbyshire opened the scoring.

Best then slammed home from the spot, and it was no surprise when Broadfoot and Smallwood put the game beyond MK Dons just after the break.

Ex-Miller Alex Revell almost pulled one back for the hosts, but Rotherham easily held on.

Despite languishing in the relegation zone in mid-February, Neil Warnock, Rotherham's third manager of the season, has turned his side's fortunes around, winning six of his 11 league games in charge.

MK Dons manager Karl Robinson:

"It's extremely difficult and very hard and the odds are stacked against us. We only have ourselves to blame.

"You get that tag of losing football matches and it's so hard to shift. You have to find it from somewhere to cope with the demands of this level.

"We were the better team in between the two boxes by far, (but) we are not as good as other teams in the boxes, it's as simple as that.

"I don't think it's fair to boo me individually, I don't agree with that. Collectively we have to take responsibility. "

Rotherham manager Neil Warnock:

"It was an important game but I thought it was a comprehensive victory.

"We started well with the goal and we couldn't have got off to a better start. We missed a few chances in the second half, but we can't get too greedy.

"It just goes to show what you can do with a good group who want to listen.

"I think they are amazing themselves with the ability they have and what they can do with the ball. It's a great time and we are enjoying ourselves."

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 22Cropper
  • 21Baldock
  • 6KaySubstituted forMaynardat 77'minutes
  • 16WalshBooked at 86mins
  • 3LewingtonBooked at 55mins
  • 44Forster-Caskey
  • 8Potter
  • 9BowditchSubstituted forBakerat 67'minutes
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forCarruthersat 67'minutes
  • 31Murphy
  • 18Revell

Substitutes

  • 7Baker
  • 12Spence
  • 14Carruthers
  • 17Powell
  • 28Maynard
  • 29Burns
  • 40Long

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 12KellyBooked at 58mins
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 55mins
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 15Halford
  • 17Ward
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forNewellat 41'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forThomasat 78'minutes
  • 50BestSubstituted forWardat 56'minutesBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 7Thomas
  • 9Ward
  • 16Richardson
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 22Newell
  • 28Facey
  • 30Kenny
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
13,048

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, MK Dons 0, Rotherham United 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, MK Dons 0, Rotherham United 4.

  3. Post update

    Foul by George Baldock (MK Dons).

  4. Post update

    Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Lewington.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Revell (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Maynard with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Rotherham United. Stephen Kelly tries a through ball, but Joe Newell is caught offside.

  9. Booking

    Joe Walsh (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Joe Walsh (MK Dons).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Revell (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! MK Dons 0, Rotherham United 4. Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Ward following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by George Baldock.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Jerome Thomas replaces Matt Derbyshire.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, MK Dons. Nicky Maynard replaces Antony Kay.

  18. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

  19. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

  20. Booking

    Danny Ward (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley412214564333180
2Middlesbrough40247955253079
3Brighton402015556381875
4Hull4020101056292770
5Derby411913960382270
6Sheff Wed411814960411968
7Cardiff411615105244863
8Ipswich411612134747060
9Birmingham401611134539659
10Preston411414133939056
11QPR411316125248455
12Wolves411314144852-453
13Brentford40157185761-452
14Reading401312154546-151
15Leeds401115143949-1048
16Blackburn411114163940-147
17Fulham411114166367-447
18Bristol City411211184564-1947
19Huddersfield411210195459-546
20Nottm Forest401113163541-646
21Rotherham41137215164-1346
22MK Dons41910223459-2537
23Charlton41812213772-3536
24Bolton41414233876-3826
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