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Burton Albion 2-1 Rotherham United

Matt Palmer (centre) celebrates
Matty Palmer's second-half goal was his first in more than a year

Rotherham's winless run stretched to 15 matches as caretaker boss Paul Warne's first game in change ended in defeat at Burton Albion.

The Brewers hit the front when Chris O'Grady's blocked shot fell to Jackson Irvine, who struck from 10 yards for his seventh goal of the season.

Matty Palmer doubled the lead when he collected a weak clearance and fired a 20-yard shot into the top corner.

Tom Adeyemi converted Joe Mattock's cross for a late Millers consolation.

The Millers began well under Warne, who took charge on an interim basis following Kenny Jackett's resignation on Monday, with Jon Taylor having two shots blocked and Izzy Brown glancing a header wide from six yards.

Warne had threatened to substitute anyone not pulling their weight after 20 minutes, but his side were again sunk by their defensive frailties - they have conceded the most goals in the Football League, including 30 in 10 away matches - with Irvine wasting a clear chance when he shot over with the goal at his mercy.

The match had to be stopped when two flares were thrown on the pitch as away fans vented their frustration, with angry chants directed against former manager Alan Stubbs.

Burton, who have conceded just four goals in their past eight games at the Pirelli Stadium, moved up a place to 19th, while Rotherham's 11th defeat in 12 matches left them bottom and 13 points adrift of safety.

Burton boss Nigel Clough:

"It was hard going at times; they were very spirited and put us on the back foot. That was as badly as we have started for a while.

"It was important to get the goal and wear them down and break their spirit. I am disappointed we conceded, but it doesn't detract from the three points.

"I don't think we play as fluently at home. We will take the three points."

Caretaker manager Paul Warne:

"It's difficult, I gave everything I could today, and I am sorry that it's not enough, it's hard to take.

"I honestly believed if there was a soccer god we would have won today. I am not religious but I believe in fate. I tried to put that into the lads and they gave everything.

"There is no more for me to give. I thought stupidly that would be enough to win the game, but I was wrong.

"No-one is more devastated than me. I wanted to win for the fans, for myself, for my family and for the lads, and I just thought that today would be that day."

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 3Brayford
  • 4Mousinho
  • 6Turner
  • 10Akins
  • 15NaylorBooked at 59minsSubstituted forChoudhuryat 75'minutes
  • 16Palmer
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Dyer
  • 8O'GradySubstituted forFlanaganat 86'minutes
  • 12WardSubstituted forMillerat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Flanagan
  • 7Williamson
  • 13Bywater
  • 14McCrory
  • 18Miller
  • 19Choudhury
  • 22Myers-Harness

Rotherham

  • 12Price
  • 17Fisher
  • 14Ball
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forYatesat 67'minutes
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 4VaulksBooked at 70mins
  • 7FordeSubstituted forNewellat 67'minutes
  • 37Brown
  • 9Ward

Substitutes

  • 2Kelly
  • 18Fry
  • 20Blackstock
  • 22Newell
  • 26Belaid
  • 39Yates
  • 45Bilboe
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
4,446

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 2, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 2, Rotherham United 1.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 2, Rotherham United 1. Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Isaiah Brown with a cross.

Offside, Burton Albion. Tom Flanagan tries a through ball, but Lucas Akins is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Ward following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion).

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

Offside, Burton Albion. Will Miller tries a through ball, but Lucas Akins is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Flanagan replaces Chris O'Grady.

Will Miller (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Will Miller replaces Jamie Ward.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ben Turner.

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Hamza Choudhury replaces Tom Naylor.

Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Foul by Ben Turner (Burton Albion).

Tom Adeyemi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jerry Yates replaces Jon Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Anthony Forde.

John Brayford (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Ward (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 2, Rotherham United 0. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a corner.

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Akins with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt saved. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

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