League One
Rotherham3Oxford Utd1

Rotherham United 3-1 Oxford United

Promotion-chasing Rotherham made it five wins on the bounce after seeing off Oxford in League One.

Rotherham were ahead after seven minutes when David Ball picked out Anthony Forde in space and the winger rocketed an effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

The lead was almost doubled minutes later when Michael Smith's header was somehow tipped onto the post by the diving Simon Eastwood.

Goalkeeper Eastwood was beaten in the 29th minute after he palmed Joe Newell's stinging effort straight to Richie Towell to tap in.

Marek Rodak was called into action at the other end after Isaac Buckley-Ricketts had broken clear.

There was little Rodak could do in the 43rd minute as James Henry skipped past challenges in the box before firing an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net.

Rotherham restored their two-goal lead after 52 minutes when Smith was on hand to turn in Forde's cross.

Substitute Caolan Lavery was inches away from crowning the victory as he just missed Smith's return ball across the box.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 13Rodák
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 5Ajayi
  • 6Wood
  • 3MattockSubstituted forIhiekweat 38'minutes
  • 7Forde
  • 17Towell
  • 4Vaulks
  • 22NewellSubstituted forTaylorat 80'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 10BallSubstituted forLaveryat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Palmer
  • 11Taylor
  • 12Price
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 21Yates
  • 23Williams
  • 31Lavery

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 19Kane
  • 16Dickie
  • 30Mousinho
  • 29Smith-Brown
  • 18RothwellSubstituted forFerreira da Silvaat 74'minutes
  • 14Ruffels
  • 32Buckley-RickettsSubstituted forNapaat 64'minutes
  • 8Ledson
  • 17Henry
  • 9ThomasSubstituted forMehmetiat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Martin
  • 13Shearer
  • 21Ferreira da Silva
  • 27Mowatt
  • 28Mehmeti
  • 35Carroll
  • 36Napa
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
7,707

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 3, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Oxford United 1.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Malachi Napa.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Marek Rodák.

Attempt saved. Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Rotherham United).

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Agon Mehmeti (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jon Taylor replaces Joe Newell because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Todd Kane (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt blocked. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Caolan Lavery (Rotherham United).

Ricardinho (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Ricardinho replaces Joe Rothwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Caolan Lavery replaces David Ball.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Malachi Napa replaces Isaac Buckley-Ricketts.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Todd Kane (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Agon Mehmeti replaces Wes Thomas.

Attempt saved. David Ball (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Isaac Buckley-Ricketts (Oxford United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by John Mousinho.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 3, Oxford United 1. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Forde.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ashley Smith-Brown.

Attempt saved. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by David Ball (Rotherham United).

John Mousinho (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury31197542241864
2Wigan30196556183863
3Blackburn32189558322663
4Rotherham321751055381756
5Scunthorpe331510848361255
6Bradford33155134850-250
7Charlton3113994138348
8Plymouth33138124142-147
9Portsmouth32144143938146
10Peterborough31129104941845
11Bristol Rovers32143154850-245
12Gillingham321111103736144
13Oxford Utd32118134950-141
14Southend32118133950-1141
15Walsall311010114245-340
16Doncaster33912123942-339
17Blackpool32911123943-438
18Fleetwood31106154350-736
19Oldham3399154658-1236
20Northampton33106173254-2236
21Wimbledon3297163242-1034
22MK Dons3179153044-1430
23Bury3268182647-2126
24Rochdale28510132940-1125
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