Match ends, Scunthorpe United 1, Rotherham United 2.
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.
- 18VermijlBooked at 76mins
- 5M Wallace
- 3TownsendSubstituted forWilliamsat 87'minutes
- 19HolmesBooked at 86mins
- 12BishopSubstituted forAdelakunat 75'minutes
- 9ToneyBooked at 90mins
- 14HopperSubstituted forNovakat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 2EmmanuelBooked at 90mins
- 5AjayiBooked at 80mins
- 7FordeBooked at 90mins
- 22NewellSubstituted forWilliamsat 68'minutes
- 10BallSubstituted forLaveryat 75'minutes
- 24SmithBooked at 55mins
- Graham Salisbury
- Shots on Target
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.
Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Rory McArdle.
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).
Joshua Emmanuel (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.
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).
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.