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Rotherham United 1-0 Ipswich Town

Michael Smith
Michael Smith is in the right place to hit the only goal of the game at the New York Stadium

Michael Smith's goal gave Rotherham United a dramatic last-gasp win, as Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst suffered defeat against his former club.

Ipswich looked to have earned their second draw of the season until Smith blasted in when Anthony Forde's cross broke to the Millers striker.

It was hard on the visitors, who had bossed much of the game and had the lion's share of chances and efforts on target.

But they paid the price for a lack of a cutting edge as Rotherham United bounced back from their 5-1 opening day hiding at Brentford.

A minute's applause for the late Chuckle Brother Barry Elliott preceded kick-off, but the hosts left it late to come up trumps for their honorary president.

Ipswich manager Hurst was Rotherham's second-longest serving player with 438 league appearances, but also suffered Wembley defeat to the Millers in the League One play-off while in charge of Shrewsbury and was keen to make amends with his first win for the Tractor Boys.

He handed debuts to midweek signings Toto Nsiala and Jon Nolan from his former club Shrewsbury, and they caused the more dangerous moments, with Millers goalkeeper Marek Rodak alert to deny Ellis Harrison and Jonas Knudsen.

But Rotherham's direct approach did cause problems and it was fitting that a set piece eventually brought the breakthrough as they won their opening home league match for the ninth time in the past 12 seasons.

Rotherham United boss Paul Warne said:

"It was a tough game. The lads rode the first half. I thought we were better in the second half.

"The lads will hopefully enjoy the feeling of winning.

"I think we will get better than what we were but the fact that we got three points is a joy. It gives them a lot of belief in themselves."

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst told BBC Suffolk:

"I think that's an opportunity missed. The points were there for us today so to leave with nothing is extremely disappointing.

"We looked a decent side, but it doesn't count for anything. We didn't win the game and we let them off the hook once or twice.

"I knew they'd put their bodies on the line and keep going until the last minute and at times that'll get results, as it has done today."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 5Ajayi
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forFordeat 67'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 71mins
  • 8PalmerBooked at 42mins
  • 22NewellSubstituted forWilliamsat 62'minutes
  • 19VassellSubstituted forJonesat 90+3'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 7Forde
  • 10Ball
  • 12Price
  • 23Williams
  • 25Wiles
  • 26Raggett
  • 28Jones

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 2Donacien
  • 22Nsiala
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Knudsen
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Chalobah
  • 7EdwardsSubstituted forRobertsat 82'minutes
  • 11Nolan
  • 18WardSubstituted forEdunat 77'minutes
  • 10HarrisonSubstituted forJacksonat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 9Jackson
  • 12Spence
  • 19Roberts
  • 20Sears
  • 25Edun
  • 30Kenlock
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
9,460

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away12
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Ipswich Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Ipswich Town 0.

Attempt saved. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen with a cross.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Billy Jones replaces Kyle Vassell.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Ipswich Town 0. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Wood.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jordan Roberts replaces Gwion Edwards.

Foul by Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town).

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tayo Edun.

Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tayo Edun replaces Grant Ward.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Marek Rodák.

Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

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

Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kayden Jackson.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Semi Ajayi.

Foul by Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Jon Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kayden Jackson replaces Ellis Harrison.

Attempt missed. Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Ward with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Attempt blocked. Trevoh Chalobah (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Ward.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

goal

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