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Rotherham United 0-3 Wycombe Wanderers: Chairboys beat fellow strugglers

Admiral Muskwe scores for Wycombe against Rotherham
On-loan forward Admiral Muskwe opened the scoring for Wycombe, who secured back-to-back wins for just the second time this season

Wycombe Wanderers boosted their hopes of Championship survival by winning at fellow strugglers Rotherham United.

Admiral Muskwe fired the Chairboys into the lead in the second minute and Jason McCarthy's deflected strike made it 2-0 to the visitors midway through the first half.

The Millers dominated the end of the first period but David Stockdale denied Ben Wiles, Jamie Lindsay and Lewis Wing.

Wycombe continued to defend stoutly after the break and David Wheeler made the points safe in the closing stages, latching on to a flick-on by Adebayo Akinfenwa to finish from a narrow angle.

Gareth Ainsworth's men are now eight points from safety, while Rotherham are six points adrift of 21st-placed Birmingham - although the Millers have three games in hand on the Blues, who travel to Brentford on Tuesday.

Rare away win boost Chairboys

Wycombe headed to South Yorkshire with the worst away record in the second tier and without a goal, or win on the road, in five outings.

But on-loan Leicester striker Muskwe gave them the perfect start with a clinical finish after a goal-kick by Stockdale was flicked into the Millers box.

The Zimbabwe international lifted another effort over the bar before Rotherham defender Michael Ihiekwe powered a header wide and last-ditch defending by Jack Grimmer denied Freddie Ladapo an equaliser.

After falling 2-0 down, the hosts continued to carve out chances as Stockdale kept out a glancing header from Michael Smith and saved in quick succession from Wiles and Lindsay.

The Millers struggled to break down the Wanderers' defence in the second half, with Wing firing narrowly wide from 25 yards before a long clearance downfield by Stockdale provided the platform for Wheeler to seal back-to-back victories for just the second time this season.

Rotherham have now lost their past five at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and eight of their past 10 games.

Paul Warne's side now face a crucial spell in their bid for survival, with Saturday's trip to Huddersfield starting a run of four matches in the space of eight days.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a poor day at the office. The first goal is very avoidable and that set the tone for the day.

"We had plenty of opportunities in the first half to get back into the game and I thought we'd come in with at least a goal on the sheet.

"The lads wanted to win the game desperately and claw their way out of it, and we huffed and puffed in the second half.

"When you've got 11 games left and need four or five wins, every single game is a must-win."

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I don't want The Great Escape theme tune being played too much at the moment.

"But I am the proudest manager in the Championship and I am buzzing because that was a great performance.

"We have got six cup finals and we will see where we can end up. It is game on for us because everyone has written us off.

"I am just gutted the first half of the season hasn't gone like the second, because we'd be well in the mix."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Johansson
  • 19Harding
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 21MacDonald
  • 8WilesSubstituted forJozefzoonat 45'minutes
  • 26BarlaserSubstituted forOgbeneat 45'minutes
  • 16LindsaySubstituted forGilesat 76'minutes
  • 5Wing
  • 25CrooksBooked at 49mins
  • 10LadapoSubstituted forHirstat 76'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 4MacDonald
  • 9Hirst
  • 11Ogbene
  • 17Sadlier
  • 18Clarke
  • 22Olosunde
  • 27Blackman
  • 28Jozefzoon
  • 30Giles

Wycombe

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Stockdale
  • 26McCarthy
  • 2Grimmer
  • 12Knight
  • 3JacobsonSubstituted forStewartat 44'minutes
  • 24AdeniranBooked at 52mins
  • 18ThompsonSubstituted forHorganat 87'minutes
  • 15MuskweSubstituted forMcClearyat 87'minutes
  • 33MehmetiSubstituted forWheelerat 45'minutes
  • 23Onyedinma
  • 9IkpeazuBooked at 68minsSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 5Stewart
  • 7Wheeler
  • 11Kashket
  • 16Phillips
  • 17Horgan
  • 19McCleary
  • 20Akinfenwa
  • 25Samuel
Referee:
James Linington

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamWycombe
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3.

  3. Post update

    Angus MacDonald (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Fred Onyedinma.

  6. Post update

    Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dennis Adeniran (Wycombe Wanderers).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Garath McCleary replaces Admiral Muskwe.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Daryl Horgan replaces Curtis Thompson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Wes Harding with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by David Stockdale.

  12. Post update

    George Hirst (Rotherham United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Michael Smith with a headed pass following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Curtis Thompson.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 0, Wycombe Wanderers 3. David Wheeler (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adebayo Akinfenwa with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Foul by George Hirst (Rotherham United).

  17. Post update

    Curtis Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Wing (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fred Onyedinma (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39259557282984
2Watford402310757273079
3Brentford381912766402669
4Swansea392091045311469
5Barnsley40208125244868
6Reading401991256431366
7Bournemouth3918111060382265
8Cardiff4016101455431258
9Millwall401416104137458
10Middlesbrough40169154843557
11Stoke401413134544155
12QPR391411144346-353
13Luton39148173245-1350
14Bristol City40154214055-1549
15Nottm Forest401212163439-548
16Preston40146204150-948
17Blackburn401210185045546
18Huddersfield381110174253-1143
19Derby401110193045-1543
20Coventry391012173552-1742
21Birmingham391011182950-2141
22Rotherham36105213851-1335
23Sheff Wed39118203348-1535
24Wycombe4089232961-3233
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