Two goals from Billy Kee helped Burton see off nine-man Rotherham and climb to third place in League Two.

Kee fired a low effort into the bottom corner to open the scoring.

David Noble picked up a second yellow for a foul on Jacques Maghoma, before Kee doubled Burton's lead with a fine finish from outside the box.

The Millers were reduced to nine men when Michael O'Connor brought down Maghoma, but Michael Symes's resulting penalty was saved by Andy Warrington.

The second red card prompted unrest in the away end, with several Rotherham fans being led away by police after throwing bottles in the direction of referee Eddie Ilderton.

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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The referee was totally obnoxious, rude and embarrassing and we'll speak to the Football Association on Monday.

"Separate to that, I think he'll be disappointed with his performance.

"The words he used staggered every one of us, but he's easy to blame.

"Maybe some of the decisions have gone against us today, but if the benchmark is Burton, over the next 18 games I'm sure we'll be there."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Burton

  • 13 Tomlinson
  • 03 Webster
  • 04 Stanton
  • 20 O'Connor
  • 21 Holness
  • 08 Weir
  • 19 Maghoma (McGrath - 90' )
  • 23 Bell
  • 26 MacDonald (Dyer - 72' )
  • 29 Kee (Paterson - 79' )
  • 30 Symes

Substitutes

  • 16 Lyness
  • 02 Corbett
  • 06 McGrath
  • 17 Phillips
  • 22 Dyer
  • 27 Drury
  • 18 Paterson

Rotherham

  • 21 Warrington
  • 06 Mullins
  • 33 Ridehalgh
  • 04 Arnason
  • 10 O'Connor Dismissed
  • 14 Bradley
  • 15 Pringle (Frecklington - 46' )
  • 19 Noble Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 08 Slew (Kearns - 46' )
  • 16 Odejayi
  • 17 Nardiello (Revell - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Thompson
  • 03 Davis
  • 27 Frecklington
  • 31 Cameron
  • 35 Kearns
  • 09 Revell
  • 22 Agard
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 3,967

Match Stats

Shots

14 15

On target

6 7

Corners

4 9

Fouls

3 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:12 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:22

The ball is delivered by Lee Frecklington.

90:00 +1:58 Substitution

Substitution John McGrath joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jacques Maghoma.

89:03

Shot by Lee Frecklington from just outside the area goes over the net.

87:41

Effort from the edge of the area by Robbie Weir goes wide of the right-hand upright.

87:34 Penalty

A save by Andy Warrington from penalty by Michael Symes. Burton Albion 2-0 Rotherham.

86:30 Dismissal

Dismissal Michael O'Connor sent from the field by the ref for violent conduct.

86:18

Foul by Michael O'Connor on Jacques Maghoma, Penalty awarded.

85:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Symes by Lee Frecklington. Direct free kick taken by Michael Symes.

83:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kayode Odejayi on Stuart Tomlinson. Stuart Tomlinson takes the direct free kick.

83:05

Mark Bradley takes a shot.

80:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kayode Odejayi on Aaron Webster. Marcus Holness takes the free kick.

79:50

Kayode Odejayi is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Stuart Tomlinson takes the direct free kick.

78:36 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Paterson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Kee.

77:05

Effort from outside the box by Daniel Kearns goes wide right of the target.

76:14

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor from the left by-line, Stuart Tomlinson makes a clearance.

76:01

Michael O'Connor takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

74:40

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor, Johnny Mullins takes a shot. Lee Bell makes a clearance.

74:17

Corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the left by-line.

71:57 Substitution

Substitution Alex Revell replaces Daniel Nardiello.

71:21 Substitution

Substitution Alex MacDonald goes off and Jack Dyer comes on.

70:50

Effort from outside the box by Robbie Weir goes wide right of the target.

68:35

The ball is swung over by Daniel Kearns, clearance by Stuart Tomlinson.

67:11

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Alex MacDonald, save by Andy Warrington.

65:25

Shot by Billy Kee. Johnny Mullins gets a block in.

65:13

Michael Symes takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Mullins.

63:57

Michael O'Connor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jacques Maghoma. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Alex MacDonald, save by Andy Warrington.

62:37

Inswinging corner taken by Alex MacDonald from the left by-line, Andy Warrington makes a save.

61:24

The referee blows for offside against Daniel Nardiello. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

60:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Symes. Andy Warrington takes the free kick.

59:37

Daniel Nardiello is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

59:10

Foul by Billy Kee on Andy Warrington, free kick awarded. Andy Warrington restarts play with the free kick.

57:28

Lee Frecklington concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony O'Connor. Shot comes in from Billy Kee from the free kick, blocked by Johnny Mullins.

54:54

Assist on the goal came from Robbie Weir.

54:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Kee - Burton 2 - 0 Rotherham Billy Kee finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burton Albion 2-0 Rotherham.

53:16

Michael O'Connor produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

51:09

Outswinging corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the right by-line played to the near post.

50:22

Liam Ridehalgh takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

48:34

Unfair challenge on Michael Symes by Daniel Kearns results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Bell.

46:59

Shot from close in by Robbie Weir misses to the left of the target.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Kearns is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Slew.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Lee Frecklington comes on in place of Ben Pringle.

45:00 +2:17 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:24

Anthony O'Connor delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Billy Kee misses to the left of the goal.

45:00 +0:27

Free kick taken by Aaron Webster.

45:00 +0:27 Dismissal

Dismissal David Noble sent from the field by the ref for second bookable offence.

44:53

David Noble challenges Jacques Maghoma unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:56

The ball is crossed by Liam Ridehalgh, Stuart Tomlinson makes a save.

41:51

Billy Kee takes a shot. Save made by Andy Warrington.

41:19

Marcus Holness takes a shot. Kari Arnason gets a block in.

40:52

Free kick taken by Robbie Weir.

40:52 Booking

Booking David Noble booked for unsporting behaviour.

40:42

Jacques Maghoma fouled by David Noble, the ref awards a free kick.

39:07

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

38:00

Daniel Nardiello produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

37:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bell by Michael O'Connor. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

35:15

Assist on the goal came from Michael Symes.

35:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Kee - Burton 1 - 0 Rotherham Billy Kee finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burton Albion 1-0 Rotherham.

34:36

Jordan Slew concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Holness. Free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

31:08

Jordan Slew is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Stuart Tomlinson takes the direct free kick.

28:52

Michael O'Connor challenges Jacques Maghoma unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Webster crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Johnny Mullins makes a clearance.

28:03

Alex MacDonald produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

26:20

Jacques Maghoma takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex MacDonald from the left by-line.

25:23

Mark Bradley crosses the ball, save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

24:41

Foul by Billy Kee on David Noble, free kick awarded. Andy Warrington restarts play with the free kick.

22:53

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Michael O'Connor, Mark Bradley takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

21:50

Corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor, clearance by Stuart Tomlinson.

21:29

Corner taken left-footed by Ben Pringle, Aaron Webster makes a clearance.

21:14

Kayode Odejayi produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

21:00

Ben Pringle takes a shot. Nathan Stanton gets a block in.

19:54

Corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Anthony O'Connor.

19:21

Johnny Mullins takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

18:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Kee on Michael O'Connor. Free kick taken by Kari Arnason.

15:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kari Arnason on Billy Kee. Direct free kick taken by Lee Bell.

12:47

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Alex MacDonald, save by Andy Warrington.

12:22

Robbie Weir produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

7:26

David Noble produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

6:57

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Pringle, clearance by Nathan Stanton.

6:04

Centre by Anthony O'Connor, clearance made by Johnny Mullins.

5:05

Daniel Nardiello has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

4:27

Jacques Maghoma delivers the ball, clearance by Liam Ridehalgh.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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