Rotherham United climbed to within a point of the League Two play-off zone as they inflicted a seventh straight defeat on struggling Aldershot.

On-loan debutant Lee Frecklington put the Millers ahead on 34 minutes when he pounced on a weak clearance to fire into the top corner from 20 yards.

Bob Harris then bent home a 25-yard free-kick on 56 minutes after Troy Brown had brought down Frecklington.

Alex Revell's tap-in sealed it after Lionel Ainsworth's shot was blocked.

Shots top scorer Craig Reid finally registered the hosts' first shot on target after 83 minutes - to ironic cheers.

The home side stay second from bottom of the Football League, now three points adrift of safety.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Aldershot Town manager Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

"I thought we were causing them problems but the first goal was a real blow for us and we faced a very direct team today.

"We've had some harsh words in the dressing room today. I've questioned their ability, their character and I've questioned if they're going to stand toe-to-toe with each other because we can't have shrinking violets in the team at the moment.

"I need everybody to show me their worth and courage and that isn't just the players."

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was bold making the changes we made, if I could have made more I would have done.

"Me and my chairman hurt last Saturday night (after losing to Southend) and I know the fans were hurting because they've seen a Rotherham United team which is my responsibility lack effort.

"I swore to myself all week that the changes would be emphatic and I swore to myself I'd be brave.

"I just asked the boys before the game and in training all week to work with the intensity that we expect."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Aldershot Town

  • 21 Young
  • 02 Herd
  • 04 Morris
  • 05 Brown Booked
  • 06 Lancashire
  • 07 Rodman (Mekki - 60' )
  • 08 Payne Booked (Vincenti - 59' )
  • 31 Rose
  • 09 Rankine (Tonkin - 76' )
  • 10 Hylton
  • 20 Reid

Substitutes

  • 29 Morris
  • 03 Tonkin
  • 11 Vincenti
  • 15 Branston
  • 23 Bradley
  • 17 Mekki
  • 36 Munns

Rotherham United

  • 21 Warrington
  • 02 Tonge
  • 05 Sharps
  • 20 Morgan
  • 23 Harris
  • 04 Arnason (Taylor - 85' )
  • 07 Ainsworth
  • 15 Pringle
  • 27 Frecklington Booked (Bradley - 89' )
  • 09 Revell
  • 17 Nardiello Booked (Agard - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Thompson
  • 08 Taylor
  • 10 O'Connor
  • 11 Evans
  • 14 Bradley
  • 16 Odejayi
  • 22 Agard
Ref: Scott
Att: 1,953

Match Stats

Shots

6 14

On target

1 9

Corners

3 7

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:56 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Craig Morgan. Strike comes in from Danny Rose from the free kick.

89:48

Foul by Ben Pringle on Peter Vincenti, free kick awarded. Ben Herd takes the direct free kick.

88:58

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Revell. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

88:21 Substitution

Substitution Lee Frecklington leaves the field to be replaced by Mark Bradley.

87:06

Jason Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Vincenti. Ben Herd takes the free kick.

84:34 Substitution

Substitution Kari Arnason goes off and Jason Taylor comes on.

83:15

Craig Reid takes a shot. Save by Andy Warrington.

81:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Revell - Aldershot 0 - 3 Rotherham Alex Revell fires in a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Aldershot 0-3 Rotherham.

80:48

Lionel Ainsworth takes a shot. Save made by Andy Warrington.

76:29

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Rose, Alex Revell manages to make a clearance.

75:50 Substitution

Substitution Michael Rankine leaves the field to be replaced by Anthony Tonkin.

75:18 Substitution

Substitution Kieran Agard on for Daniel Nardiello.

75:01

Effort on goal by Daniel Nardiello from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

74:29

Corner from right by-line taken by Lionel Ainsworth.

71:57

Peter Vincenti challenges Kari Arnason unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lionel Ainsworth restarts play with the free kick.

71:02

Craig Reid produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

70:02

Ben Herd takes the free kick.

70:02 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Daniel Nardiello for unsporting behaviour.

69:43

Unfair challenge on Craig Reid by Craig Morgan results in a free kick.

69:15

Effort on goal by Ben Pringle from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

67:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Daniel Nardiello. Ben Herd takes the direct free kick.

66:26

The official flags Alex Revell offside. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Young.

60:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Harris by Adam Mekki. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.

59:49

Lionel Ainsworth produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

59:16 Substitution

Substitution Adam Mekki comes on in place of Alex Rodman.

58:47 Substitution

Substitution (Aldershot) makes a substitution, with Peter Vincenti coming on for Josh Payne.

58:02

Corner from the left by-line taken by Josh Payne, Kari Arnason manages to make a clearance.

55:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Robert Harris - Aldershot 0 - 2 Rotherham Robert Harris grabs a goal from a long way out to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aldershot 0-2 Rotherham.

54:58

Robert Harris takes the free kick.

54:58 Booking

Booking Troy Brown is booked.

54:34

Troy Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Frecklington.

54:02

Daniel Nardiello is ruled offside. Aaron Morris restarts play with the free kick.

53:19

Josh Payne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dale Tonge. Robert Harris takes the direct free kick.

51:47

Header from deep inside the area by Ian Sharps goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

51:25

Lionel Ainsworth decides to take a short corner.

51:00

Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

50:11

Lionel Ainsworth takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

49:49

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Aaron Morris makes a clearance.

49:04

Corner taken right-footed by Lionel Ainsworth, Ben Herd manages to make a clearance.

48:45

Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

47:55

Foul by Aaron Morris on Alex Revell, free kick awarded. Dale Tonge restarts play with the free kick.

46:56

Lionel Ainsworth takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Young.

45:08

Dale Tonge concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Rankine. Josh Payne takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Rankine. Direct free kick taken by Andy Warrington.

42:45

Kari Arnason takes a shot. Danny Rose manages to make a clearance.

42:05

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lionel Ainsworth from the left by-line.

39:52

Close range header by Daniel Nardiello misses to the right of the target.

38:09

Daniel Nardiello produces a cross.

37:03

Robert Harris takes the free kick.

37:03 Booking

Booking Josh Payne receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

36:46

Foul by Josh Payne on Kari Arnason, free kick awarded.

35:45

Alex Rodman concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Harris. Craig Morgan takes the direct free kick.

35:02

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

34:30

Daniel Nardiello is ruled offside. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

33:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Frecklington - Aldershot 0 - 1 Rotherham Lee Frecklington grabs a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Aldershot 0-1 Rotherham.

27:01

Troy Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Kari Arnason. Andy Warrington takes the direct free kick.

26:27

Craig Morgan concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Rankine. Free kick taken by Danny Rose.

25:06

Lionel Ainsworth is penalised for a handball. Troy Brown takes the direct free kick.

21:30

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ben Pringle.

20:38

Michael Rankine is adjudged to have handled the ball. Andy Warrington restarts play with the free kick.

19:01

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Pringle, clearance by Troy Brown.

18:46

The ball is swung over by Lionel Ainsworth, clearance by Ben Herd.

15:36

Josh Payne takes the direct free kick.

15:36 Booking

Booking Booking for Lee Frecklington for unsporting behaviour.

15:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Frecklington on Danny Hylton.

14:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd by Daniel Nardiello. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

13:07

Corner taken by Ben Pringle.

12:23

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

11:28

The assistant referee signals for offside against Aaron Morris. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.

10:35

Lionel Ainsworth challenges Danny Hylton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Payne takes the free kick.

9:17

Effort from long distance by Aaron Morris goes wide of the right-hand upright.

8:40

Unfair challenge on Josh Payne by Kari Arnason results in a free kick. Ben Herd takes the free kick.

7:30

Corner taken right-footed by Josh Payne, save by Andy Warrington.

7:03

Danny Hylton takes a shot.

5:34

Alex Revell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Troy Brown takes the free kick.

5:19

The offside flag is raised against Ian Sharps. Free kick taken by Jamie Young.

4:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Revell by Oliver Lancashire. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ben Pringle from left wing.

3:07

Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Save by Jamie Young.

1:15

Lee Frecklington challenges Josh Payne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Herd.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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