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Scunthorpe United 1-2 Rotherham United

Rotherham cemented their place in the top six of League One with a hard-fought success in an entertaining match at play-off rivals Scunthorpe.

The victory, earned by a goal in each half from Joe Newell and Semi Ajayi, was the Millers' fourth win in succession and they are now unbeaten in 11 games.

Rotherham had always looked the more likely scorers before winger Newell hooked them in front in the 31st minute on the back of the home side's failure to deal with a long throw into the penalty area.

Although the Iron upped their game after the goal, the Millers survived a penalty shout involving keeper Mark Rodak and Ivan Toney and a decent opening in a crowded box from which Rory McArdle was off target.

After the break, having weathered a Scunthorpe storm, the visitors were rewarded with a second goal when centre-half Ajayi looped home a header after a game of head tennis.

And though substitute Lee Novak responded almost immediately by rounding Rodak and slotting home, Rotherham closed the game out comfortably to move within a point of their hosts.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Gilks
  • 18VermijlBooked at 76mins
  • 23McArdle
  • 5Wallace
  • 3TownsendSubstituted forWilliamsat 87'minutes
  • 19HolmesBooked at 86mins
  • 6Ojo
  • 12BishopSubstituted forAdelakunat 75'minutes
  • 11Morris
  • 9ToneyBooked at 90mins
  • 14HopperSubstituted forNovakat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Williams
  • 16Adelakun
  • 17Novak
  • 20Goode
  • 21Burgess
  • 24Yates
  • 31Watson

Rotherham

  • 13Rodák
  • 2EmmanuelBooked at 90mins
  • 5AjayiBooked at 80mins
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 7FordeBooked at 90mins
  • 17Towell
  • 4Vaulks
  • 22NewellSubstituted forWilliamsat 68'minutes
  • 10BallSubstituted forLaveryat 75'minutes
  • 24SmithBooked at 55mins

Substitutes

  • 8Palmer
  • 11Taylor
  • 12Price
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 21Yates
  • 23Williams
  • 31Lavery
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
6,359

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Rotherham United 2.

Attempt missed. Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Booking

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

Booking

Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United).

Richard Towell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Caolan Lavery (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Rory McArdle (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Rotherham United).

Booking

Joshua Emmanuel (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Luke Williams replaces Conor Townsend.

Conor Townsend (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Booking

Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Duane Holmes.

Foul by Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Booking

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Marnick Vermijl (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Rotherham United).

Booking

Marnick Vermijl (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marnick Vermijl (Scunthorpe United).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Hakeeb Adelakun replaces Neal Bishop.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Caolan Lavery replaces David Ball.

Funso Ojo (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 1, Rotherham United 2. Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Townsend.

Goal!

Goal! Scunthorpe United 0, Rotherham United 2. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Attempt blocked. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Neal Bishop.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan29196456164063
2Shrewsbury30187540231761
3Blackburn31179556312560
4Scunthorpe32159846341254
5Rotherham311651052371553
6Bradford32154134749-249
7Charlton3013894037347
8Portsmouth31144133836246
9Peterborough30128104739844
10Plymouth32128123740-344
11Bristol Rovers31133154548-342
12Oxford Utd31118124847141
13Gillingham311011103535041
14Southend31117133950-1140
15Doncaster32912113738-139
16Walsall30910113843-537
17Fleetwood30106144248-636
18Northampton32106163152-2136
19Blackpool31811123743-635
20Wimbledon3197153038-834
21Oldham3289154558-1333
22MK Dons3079143043-1330
23Rochdale27510122737-1025
24Bury3167182647-2125
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