Rotherham earned a narrow victory over Torquay, without banned manager Steve Evans in attendance.

The hosts dominated early on and Kayode Odejayi broke through on a solo run but smacked a shot against the upright.

Alex Revell put the Millers ahead when Kevin Nicholson's misjudged a header back to his goalkeeper and Revell turned the ball into the empty net.

Torquay nearly levelled late on when Niall Thompson picked out Billy Bodin, only for him to shoot high and wide.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rotherham United assistant manager Paul Raynor told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"A 1-0 scoreline isn't really a fair reflection of the dominance we've had.

"We created a number of chances and if we had got that second goal early, we could have put it to bed.

"It's been well documented the gaffer's absence today and that [win] was for him from everybody at the club.

"He really should be here to witness it."

Torquay manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"I thought we gave our unbeaten run up with a whimper.

"I said to my players that sometimes it looked like men against boys. They're a decent team but we didn't match them on the day.

"The back four have been excellent all season, but today it looked like they've never played together.

"It's one to push away and move on. It's not the sort of standards that we've set ourselves over the last 15 months."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Rotherham

  • 01 Shearer
  • 02 Tonge
  • 05 Sharps Booked
  • 18 Hunt Booked
  • 20 Morgan
  • 08 Taylor
  • 10 O'Connor
  • 11 Evans (Agard - 90' )
  • 15 Pringle Booked
  • 09 Revell (Nardiello - 83' )
  • 16 Odejayi

Substitutes

  • 21 Warrington
  • 06 Mullins
  • 25 Denton
  • 07 Ainsworth
  • 24 Rose
  • 17 Nardiello
  • 22 Agard

Torquay

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Oastler
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes Booked
  • 05 Saah
  • 07 Mansell
  • 11 Morris
  • 15 Bodin
  • 19 Stevens (Jarvis - 70' )
  • 20 Craig (Thompson - 59' )
  • 09 Howe

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 12 Leadbitter
  • 21 Cruise
  • 30 Mackenzie
  • 18 Easton
  • 29 Thompson
  • 08 Jarvis
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 7,405

Match Stats

Shots

16 7

On target

8 5

Corners

5 6

Fouls

7 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:26 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +1:38

Lee Mansell takes the free kick. Kevin Nicholson takes a shot. Michael O'Connor gets a block in.

90:00 +1:38 Substitution

Substitution Kieran Agard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gareth Evans.

90:00 +1:38

Ian Sharps gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Bodin.

90:00 +0:18

Corner taken short by Ian Morris.

89:19 Booking

Booking Nicky Hunt receives a yellow card.

89:06

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevin Nicholson.

88:39

A cross is delivered by Daniel Nardiello.

88:19

The ball is crossed by Niall Thompson, Dale Tonge makes a clearance.

88:03

The ball is swung over by Billy Bodin.

86:56

Effort from inside the area by Daniel Nardiello bounces off the post.

82:19

Craig Morgan takes the free kick.

82:19 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Nardiello is brought on as a substitute for Alex Revell.

82:19

Unfair challenge on Kayode Odejayi by Brian Saah results in a free kick.

81:44

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

80:44

The ball is sent over by Niall Thompson, Effort on goal by Billy Bodin from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

79:49

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Alex Revell goes wide of the right-hand upright.

77:00

Ian Morris produces a cross, clearance made by Craig Morgan.

75:55

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Dale Tonge. Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line played to the near post, Michael O'Connor manages to make a clearance.

73:48

Kayode Odejayi takes a shot. Aaron Downes gets a block in. Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Ben Pringle goes wide of the right-hand upright.

72:29

Corner taken by Michael O'Connor, Foul by Kayode Odejayi on Brian Saah, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

72:03

A cross is delivered by Jason Taylor, Alex Revell takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

71:14

Michael O'Connor takes a outswinging corner.

70:58

Joe Oastler takes a shot. Save by Scott Shearer.

69:28 Substitution

Substitution Danny Stevens leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan Jarvis.

68:19

Centre by Niall Thompson.

67:00

Gareth Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Downes.

65:52

Nicky Hunt takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

65:10

Ben Pringle crosses the ball, Brian Saah makes a clearance.

64:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy Bodin. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

62:49

The ball is delivered by Gareth Evans.

60:51

Gareth Evans takes a shot. Lee Mansell gets a block in.

59:50

Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball.

56:33

Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

56:33 Substitution

Substitution Niall Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Nathan Craig.

56:33

Gareth Evans sends in a cross, Brian Saah gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Michael O'Connor, Aaron Downes makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor. Michael O'Connor is ruled offside.

55:17

Gareth Evans has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

55:02

Michael O'Connor sends in a cross.

50:43

Unfair challenge on Kayode Odejayi by Aaron Downes results in a free kick. Michael O'Connor produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Michael Poke.

48:56

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ian Sharps misses to the right of the goal.

47:49

Effort on goal by Kayode Odejayi from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:44 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:05

Craig Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Bodin. Joe Oastler restarts play with the free kick.

39:42

Lee Mansell restarts play with the free kick.

39:42 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ian Sharps a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

39:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Sharps on Rene Howe.

38:39

Shot from long distance by Nathan Craig misses to the right of the target.

37:13

Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

37:13 Booking

Booking Ben Pringle goes into the book.

37:00

The offside flag is raised against Kayode Odejayi.

33:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Revell - Rotherham 1 - 0 Torquay Alex Revell finds the net with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Rotherham 1-0 Torquay.

33:09

The official flags Rene Howe offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

32:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael O'Connor on Rene Howe. Free kick taken by Joe Oastler.

31:05

Gareth Evans has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

29:57

Brian Saah challenges Alex Revell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Michael O'Connor.

27:51

Danny Stevens takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Sharps.

26:19

Shot by Lee Mansell. Craig Morgan gets a block in.

24:54

Kayode Odejayi produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and strikes the post.

24:20

Kayode Odejayi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nicholson. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

23:48

Foul by Danny Stevens on Nicky Hunt, free kick awarded. Scott Shearer takes the indirect free kick.

23:25

Centre by Alex Revell, Brian Saah manages to make a clearance.

23:05

Ben Pringle takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

21:59

The ball is delivered by Ben Pringle, Michael Poke makes a save.

18:41

Danny Stevens takes a shot. Save made by Scott Shearer.

17:48

A cross is delivered by Rene Howe, clearance by Jason Taylor. Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, Kayode Odejayi makes a clearance.

16:13

Michael O'Connor takes the free kick.

16:13 Booking

Booking Aaron Downes shown a yellow card.

15:43

Foul by Aaron Downes on Alex Revell, free kick awarded.

14:58

Alex Revell is caught offside. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

12:46

Foul by Brian Saah on Kayode Odejayi, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Michael O'Connor.

11:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Sharps by Rene Howe. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

8:37

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, Michael O'Connor manages to make a clearance.

7:40

Foul by Jason Taylor on Danny Stevens, free kick awarded. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

3:44

Danny Stevens is ruled offside. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

3:01

Ben Pringle produces a cross.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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