Rotherham 0-1 Peterborough

Grant McCann

Peterborough United closed the gap on League Two leaders Leyton Orient as Grant McCann's penalty consigned Rotherham to a first league defeat.

Daniel Nardiello should have scored for the Millers but shot over after Bobby Olejnik saved from Robert Milsom.

Shortly after the break Kari Arnason handled in the area and McCann converted from the spot.

Rotherham squandered chances, with Mark Bradley the most wasteful when heading wide and missing a late sitter.

Posh are now three points behind the O's, who drew with Walsall, and above third-placed Wolves on goal difference.

Rotherham have been edged out of the play-off places by MK Dons.

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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Post-match: Millers manager Steve Evans

"It's hard to take (the penalty decision), we have to take the positives. I think that team (Peterborough) will get promoted, they'll be champions.

"We're disappointed tonight and so you should be. But you can be proud of your team's performance, it was full of energy.

"We missed a host of chances and you'll always pay a price if you don't take those chances."

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

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Post-match: Posh boss Ferguson

"That's two weeks on the bounce teams have been unbeaten until they've played us, but it's all about how many points we get.

"Over the course of the season you're not going to play great football every week. What I do know is I've got a bunch of lads who are so determined to win games of football.

"The plus points are the fact that we dug in and we got the three points, that's the main factor from today.

"Lee Tomlin will be out for four to six weeks but we've got Paul Taylor and others that we can use."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Rotherham

  • 01 Shearer
  • 03 Skarz (Eaves - 85' )
  • 04 Arnason Booked
  • 14 Bradley
  • 20 Morgan
  • 08 Frecklington Booked
  • 15 Milsom Booked
  • 18 Pringle Booked
  • 22 Agard (Tubbs - 78' )
  • 09 Revell
  • 17 Nardiello

Substitutes

  • 21 Collin
  • 02 Brindley
  • 06 Mills
  • 31 Rowe
  • 23 Tidser
  • 16 Tubbs
  • 25 Eaves

Peterborough

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 02 Alcock
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 06 Bostwick
  • 14 Rowe
  • 07 Swanson (Kearns - 64' )
  • 08 Payne
  • 11 McCann
  • 12 Taylor (Newell - 77' )
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 23 Barnett

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 04 Brisley
  • 16 Kearns
  • 17 Newell
  • 18 Ferdinand
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
Ref: Sarginson
Att: 9,717

Match Stats

Shots

20 5

On target

5 1

Corners

8 6

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:15 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:26

Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +4:04

Clearance by Craig Alcock.

90:00 +3:49

Ben Pringle crosses the ball in from the free kick.

90:00 +3:39

Tom Eaves fouled by Craig Alcock, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +2:44

Header by Craig Morgan misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +2:30

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ben Pringle.

90:00 +2:12

A cross is delivered by Mark Bradley.

90:00 +1:56

Jack Payne manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:48

Free kick crossed by Scott Shearer.

90:00 +1:34

Tyrone Barnett challenges Craig Morgan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

90:00 +1:05

Header at goal by Mark Bradley goes over the frame of the goal.

90:00 +0:50

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Pringle.

90:00 +0:06

Tom Eaves crosses the ball.

88:50

Ben Pringle takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

88:42

Clearance by Tyrone Barnett.

87:44

Clearance made by Robert Milsom.

87:40

The ball is delivered by Grant McCann.

87:35

Centre by Tyrone Barnett.

87:11

Corner taken by Grant McCann.

86:10

Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

85:48

Unfair challenge on Grant McCann by Lee Frecklington results in a free kick.

85:20

The ball is sent over by Grant McCann.

84:29 Substitution

Substitution Tom Eaves joins the action as a substitute, replacing Joe Skarz.

81:45

Alex Revell makes a clearance.

81:42

Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line.

81:10

Tyrone Barnett sends in a cross.

81:01

Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

80:49

Lee Frecklington challenges Grant McCann unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:17

Ben Pringle has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

80:08

Free kick taken by Ben Pringle.

79:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gabriel Zakuani on Alex Revell.

78:37

Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

78:32

Unfair challenge on Joe Skarz by Tyrone Barnett results in a free kick.

77:44 Substitution

Substitution Kieran Agard leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Tubbs.

77:24

Shot by Kari Arnason missed to the left of the target.

77:14

Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

76:55

Tyrone Barnett is penalised for a handball.

76:44

Alex Revell makes a clearance.

76:40

Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line.

76:20 Substitution

Substitution Joe Newell on for Paul Taylor.

75:47

Paul Taylor has an effort at goal. Scott Shearer turns it away with a finger tip save.

74:30

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Pringle.

74:24

Craig Alcock manages to make a clearance.

74:15

Centre by Ben Pringle.

72:18

Craig Alcock makes a clearance.

72:10

Mark Bradley crosses the ball.

71:58

Joe Skarz restarts play with the free kick.

71:47

Foul by Britt Assombalonga on Joe Skarz, free kick awarded.

71:25

Joe Skarz takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

70:07

Shot by Lee Frecklington. Robert Olejnik safely holds on.

69:59

Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.

69:56

Ben Pringle restarts play with the free kick.

69:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Pringle by Craig Alcock.

68:41

The ball is delivered by Kieran Agard.

67:21

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Pringle.

66:30

Michael Bostwick takes the free kick.

65:39 Booking

Booking

65:39

Booking for Ben Pringle.

65:04

Ben Pringle concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant McCann.

63:06 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Kearns joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Swanson.

62:49

Shot by Robert Milsom missed to the right of the net.

61:31

Free kick taken by Grant McCann.

61:07 Booking

Booking

61:07

Booking for Robert Milsom for unsporting behaviour.

61:01

Foul by Robert Milsom on Grant McCann, free kick awarded.

60:26

Centre by Ben Pringle.

59:47

Clearance made by Tyrone Barnett.

56:46

Header at goal by Mark Bradley misses to the right.

56:29

Ben Pringle takes the free kick.

56:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Nardiello by Gabriel Zakuani.

55:12

Paul Taylor takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

54:59

Clearance made by Joe Skarz.

54:54

The ball is crossed by Grant McCann.

53:28

Clearance by Alex Revell.

53:22

Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line.

52:12

Clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

50:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Grant McCann - Rotherham 0 - 1 Peterboro Penalty taken left-footed by Grant McCann and scored. Rotherham 0-1 Peterborough.

50:13 Booking

Booking

50:13

Kari Arnason receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

49:46

The referee penalises Kari Arnason for handball.

49:26

Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line.

48:44

Corner from the right by-line taken by Grant McCann.

47:20

Ben Pringle crosses the ball.

47:14

The ball is swung over by Joe Skarz.

47:00

Shot by Michael Bostwick. Kari Arnason gets a block in.

46:52

Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

46:39

Paul Taylor fouled by Robert Milsom, the ref awards a free kick.

45:39

Clearance by Jack Payne.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:01

Ben Pringle fouled by Tyrone Barnett, the ref awards a free kick.

45:00 +0:05

The ball is delivered by Kieran Agard.

44:18

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Pringle.

43:56

Shot by Alex Revell. Robert Olejnik parries the ball but the danger is not over.

43:46

Clearance made by Michael Bostwick.

43:44

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ben Pringle.

42:39

Clearance by Paul Taylor.

42:36

Daniel Nardiello sends in a cross.

39:51

Jack Payne restarts play with the free kick.

39:28

Lee Frecklington is booked.

39:28 Booking

Booking

39:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Frecklington on Paul Taylor.

37:49

Robert Milsom takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.

35:22

Shot by Daniel Nardiello cleared the target.

35:09

Robert Milsom takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Robert Olejnik parries the ball but the danger is not over.

34:29

A cross is delivered by Kieran Agard.

33:08

Daniel Nardiello delivers the ball.

32:23

The ball is swung over by Joe Skarz.

31:15

Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

30:58

Foul by Craig Morgan on Tommy Rowe, free kick awarded.

30:44

Kari Arnason takes the free kick.

30:28

Paul Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Agard.

29:27

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Pringle.

29:07

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot.

28:30

Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

28:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Britt Assombalonga.

27:10

Michael Bostwick makes a clearance.

27:07

Free kick crossed by Ben Pringle.

26:45

Danny Swanson challenges Alex Revell unfairly and gives away a free kick.

26:01

Header by Ben Pringle goes harmlessly over the bar.

25:56

The ball is swung over by Mark Bradley.

22:34

Ben Pringle has an effort at goal. Robert Olejnik catches the ball.

22:13

Lee Frecklington takes a shot.

21:53

Michael Bostwick manages to make a clearance.

18:37

Kari Arnason makes a clearance.

18:34

Craig Alcock delivers the ball.

17:50

Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

17:28

Foul by Kieran Agard on Tommy Rowe, free kick awarded.

16:51

Britt Assombalonga takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

15:58

Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

15:47

Kari Arnason fouled by Paul Taylor, the ref awards a free kick.

12:40

Paul Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

12:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Pringle on Jack Payne.

12:02

Shot by Ben Pringle went wide of the left-hand upright.

11:35

Free kick taken by Ben Pringle.

11:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Pringle by Paul Taylor.

10:24

Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.

10:05

Foul by Ben Pringle on Danny Swanson, free kick awarded.

9:48

Jack Payne manages to make a clearance.

9:44

Corner taken by Ben Pringle.

9:19

The ball is delivered by Alex Revell.

8:52

Shot by Ben Pringle went wide right of the target.

7:30

Kieran Agard takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

5:59

Grant McCann takes the free kick.

5:50

Mark Bradley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Taylor.

4:21

Header by Britt Assombalonga goes over the bar.

4:09

The ball is crossed by Grant McCann.

3:54

Free kick taken by Grant McCann.

3:43

Foul by Kari Arnason on Danny Swanson, free kick awarded.

3:12

The ball is crossed by Lee Frecklington.

2:08

Free kick taken by Grant McCann.

1:57

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

1:24

Michael Bostwick manages to make a clearance.

1:04

Craig Morgan manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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