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Rotherham United 1-2 Burton Albion

Jackson Irvine (right)
Jackson Irvine (right) celebrates scoring his eighth Championship goal of the season

Two quick first-half goals helped Burton edge past bottom side Rotherham and move five points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

Jon McLaughlin made several smart stops before Chris O'Grady tapped in against his old club to put the Brewers ahead.

The Millers had been on top but fell further behind when John Brayford crossed for Jackson Irvine to head in.

Tom Adeyemi reacted fastest to a save to pull one back, but Rotherham lacked the quality to find an equaliser.

Relive Burton's victory at Rotherham as is happened

Defeat leaves the Yorkshire side, led by caretaker-boss Paul Warne, 10 points from safety, while Burton move up two places to 19th.

It was a first away triumph of the season for Nigel Clough's side while O'Grady's goal was his first in 389 days, as he was on hand to score after Lewis Price spilled a shot.

Burton full-back Brayford spent several minutes being treated after a head injury, but came back on to assist Irvine before being replaced at the interval.

Rotherham were chasing back-to-back Championship wins for the first time this season, but they have now conceded 52 league goals.

Darnell Fisher volleyed wide and Izzy Brown could not find the target from inside the area as the hosts pressed, in vain, for a point.

Burton manager Nigel Clough: "We didn't play anywhere near as well as we did at Aston Villa on Boxing Day but we battled away for three points.

"It was tough coming here, we knew that they would have their tails up. We knew they would come out and cause us problems and they did.

"The only disappointment was that we conceded just before half-time and that gave them a chance, they put us under a lot of pressure in the second half.

"The timing in the year we didn't want to go into the new year without an away win. It is important psychologically to not be in the bottom three going into the new year."

Rotherham's caretaker boss Paul Warne: "We played really well. We were the better team and, with respect to Burton, I thought they came for a point.

"I love my lads but with the greatest of respect to them, they aren't used to playing against and having to break down two banks of four.

"Did they underachieve in the scoreline? Yes. But did they underachieve in the performance? No, I don't think they did.

"They are devastated, it will be tough to pick them up. But I don't believe we are relegated, I still think we have got a chance.

"If I didn't then I would tell the chairman to get a different caretaker in."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 12Price
  • 17FisherBooked at 90mins
  • 6Wood
  • 26Belaid
  • 3MattockSubstituted forBlackstockat 85'minutes
  • 7FordeSubstituted forOdemwingieat 67'minutes
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forHalfordat 79'minutes
  • 8FrecklingtonBooked at 33mins
  • 22Newell
  • 37Brown
  • 9WardBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kelly
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 11Taylor
  • 13Odemwingie
  • 15Halford
  • 20Blackstock
  • 45Bilboe

Burton

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 4Mousinho
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 13mins
  • 14McCroryBooked at 77mins
  • 3BrayfordSubstituted forFlanaganat 45'minutes
  • 15Naylor
  • 16PalmerBooked at 75minsSubstituted forBarkerat 90+2'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 36Irvine
  • 11Dyer
  • 10Akins
  • 8O'GradySubstituted forMyers-Harnessat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Flanagan
  • 7Williamson
  • 9Beavon
  • 12Ward
  • 13Bywater
  • 22Myers-Harness
  • 25Barker
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
9,806

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home20
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Burton Albion 2.

Booking

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Full Time

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

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Foul by Isaiah Brown (Rotherham United).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Shaun Barker (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun Barker (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Shaun Barker replaces Matthew Palmer.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Rotherham United).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Danny Ward (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Attempt saved. Peter Odemwingie (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Dexter Blackstock replaces Joe Mattock.

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

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

Offside, Burton Albion. Lloyd Dyer tries a through ball, but Lucas Akins is caught offside.

Foul by Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United).

Marcus Myers-Harness (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Greg Halford replaces Tom Adeyemi.

Attempt missed. Isaiah Brown (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

Booking

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Peter Odemwingie (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Attempt saved. Peter Odemwingie (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Booking

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Offside, Rotherham United. Aimen Belaid tries a through ball, but Peter Odemwingie is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Myers-Harness replaces Chris O'Grady.

Attempt missed. Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

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2Newcastle23161645182749
3Reading2313463330343
4Leeds2413383124742
5Huddersfield2313372827142
6Sheff Wed2312472723440
7Derby2311662415939
8Fulham2399540281236
9Aston Villa2481152623335
10Barnsley2310494035534
11Birmingham239772730-334
12Norwich23103103837133
13Preston239593131032
14Brentford2385102930-129
15Wolves237793132-128
16Ipswich237792226-428
17Bristol City2383123030027
18Nottm Forest2375113641-526
19Burton2467112633-725
20Cardiff2366112638-1224
21QPR2365122034-1423
22Blackburn2355132739-1220
23Wigan2346132030-1018
24Rotherham2434172552-2713
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