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Championship: Bristol City 0-2 Rotherham United - Smith and Wood earn Millers vital win at Robins

Richard Wood, Rotherham
Richard Wood wheels away after scoring Rotherham's second to secure the vital win

Rotherham moved within three points of safety as they condemned Bristol City to a sixth successive home defeat.

Michael Smith put the Millers ahead shortly before half-time when he beat Robins goalkeeper Daniel Bentley to head in Wes Harding's cross.

They secured the vital win with 16 minutes remaining when Richard Wood headed in Daniel Barlaser's corner.

Nahki Wells and Antoine Semenyo missed late chances as the Robins' poor home form continued.

Rotherham's first league double over the Robins since 2013-14 moved them within three points of Birmingham in 21st, with four games in hand, while Nigel Pearson's Robins sit 14th after extending their longest-ever losing run at home.

The Robins had the better of the opening half and their first sight of goal came when Kasey Palmer's free-kick came back off the wall to Liam Walsh who volleyed over.

A short corner routine between Callum O'Dowda and Walsh almost created the opener for the hosts, but Wood just got a foot on the ball to clear, before Wells fired over shortly afterwards.

Rotherham, who recorded 25 positive Covid tests last week, scored against the run of play just before the break when Smith met Harding's dangerous cross to head in his ninth goal of the season.

The visitors were straight onto the front foot in the second half, Harding again combining with Smith before the latter shot into the side-netting.

City kept probing for an equaliser and went close when Wells played a nice one-two with Han-Noah Massengo, before firing a half-volley just wide of Viktor Johansson's goal shortly after the hour.

Bentley tipped over Michael Ihiekwe's 73rd-minute header, but could do nothing from the resulting corner, swung in by Barlaser, allowing Wood to head in from close range.

Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's a bit like groundhog day isn't it, in terms of our form at home and results. We knew it was going to be a tough game against a side who are physically very big and very direct as well.

"They know what they are and what I admire about them is they stick to they're about and in the first half we dealt with that exceptionally well and dominated what was a difficult game to dominate, but there's no accounting for individual mistakes.

"We came in at half-time 1-0 down when really there hadn't been a threat on our goal. We lose our way in games a bit when we have to deal with setbacks. It remains a difficult situation to resolve. We need to start winning home games it's as simple as that."

Millers assistant manager Richie Barker:

"I've told the players after the game that a lot of the other clubs battling to stay up will look at our result today and wonder how it happened. Only time will tell whether having so many games in hand will prove positive for us.

"Our training ground is going to be a happy place next week because it was a fully deserved win. I am proud of all the players. It seems unbelievable that we don't play until Easter, with so many fixtures still to fit in, but that's the situation.

"We are looking at playing virtually every three days when we start again, but we will look forward to that challenge when it comes."

Line-ups

Bristol City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bentley
  • 2HuntSubstituted forPearsonat 79'minutes
  • 19Mariappa
  • 22KalasSubstituted forVynerat 27'minutes
  • 43S Sessegnon
  • 42MassengoSubstituted forBellat 78'minutes
  • 8WalshBooked at 85mins
  • 21Wells
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forLansburyat 60'minutes
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 9DiédhiouSubstituted forSemenyoat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nagy
  • 12O'Leary
  • 17Lansbury
  • 18Semenyo
  • 26Vyner
  • 28Pearson
  • 30Bakinson
  • 33Bell
  • 34Towler

Rotherham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Johansson
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 21MacDonald
  • 19Harding
  • 5WingSubstituted forClarkeat 88'minutes
  • 26BarlaserSubstituted forMacDonaldat 87'minutes
  • 25Crooks
  • 30GilesSubstituted forOlosundeat 65'minutes
  • 10LadapoSubstituted forJozefzoonat 75'minutes
  • 24SmithSubstituted forHirstat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4MacDonald
  • 8Wiles
  • 9Hirst
  • 17Sadlier
  • 18Clarke
  • 22Olosunde
  • 27Blackman
  • 28Jozefzoon
Referee:
Matt Donohue

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol CityAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol City 0, Rotherham United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol City 0, Rotherham United 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Bristol City. Zak Vyner tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Angus MacDonald.

  5. Booking

    George Hirst (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Henri Lansbury (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Matthew Olosunde.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by Matt Crooks.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Sessegnon.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Trevor Clarke replaces Lewis Wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Shaun MacDonald replaces Daniel Barlaser.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. George Hirst replaces Michael Smith.

  14. Booking

    Liam Walsh (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Liam Walsh (Bristol City).

  16. Post update

    Florian Jozefzoon (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Bell.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Walsh.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Bell (Bristol City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol City. Sam Pearson replaces Jack Hunt.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich38258556272983
2Watford38229755262975
3Swansea37209845291669
4Brentford371911765392668
5Barnsley38197124942764
6Reading381881252411162
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Cardiff3816101255371858
9Middlesbrough38168144639756
10Millwall381216103836252
11Stoke381313124242052
12QPR371311133943-450
13Luton37148153141-1050
14Bristol City38154193950-1149
15Blackburn381210165042846
16Preston38135203949-1044
17Nottm Forest381012163038-842
18Huddersfield37119174152-1142
19Derby381010182742-1540
20Coventry37912163248-1639
21Birmingham38911182850-2238
22Rotherham34105193847-935
23Sheff Wed37108192847-1932
24Wycombe3869232561-3627
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