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Stevenage 0-3 Rotherham United

Ben Pringle

Rotherham breezed past struggling Stevenage to earn a first win in five League One games and stay two points outside the play-off places.

Ben Pringle opened the scoring on the rebound after Kieran Agard's header had been saved by keeper Chris Day.

Day made several fine saves to keep it at 1-0 but was taken off injured at the break and replacement Steve Arnold's error let Claude Davis head a second.

Michael O'Connor's fine 25-yard strike on the counter-attack sealed victory.

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a dreadful performance. There wasn't too much I could hang my hat on and say I was pleased with.

"There was a sentimental fatigue and probably a physical fatigue. We're asking a lot of them; we're sending the same 11 players out game after game.

"Mentally the spark wasn't there. The team spirit that has been so strong in the recent run of results was lacking.

"The one thing I would say today about the referee is that he was consistent and he tried to allow the game to flow."

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Rotherham boss Steve Evans

Rotherham boss Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It was a good performance but nothing has changed as in terms of league action we've been playing exceptionally well.

"The performances have been good and today was just the same.

"We have some top players in that dressing room but they work very hard too - they are tired every single morning.

"As long as they keep working that hard they'll have that habit of winning football matches."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16DaySubstituted forArnoldat 46'minutes
  • 20SmithBooked at 84mins
  • 15Freeman
  • 14Heslop
  • 6Jones
  • 29Hartley
  • 7MoraisSubstituted forTounkaraat 82'minutes
  • 24Doughty
  • 11Akins
  • 12Zoko
  • 17TanseySubstituted forAndradeat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 10Burrow
  • 13Parrett
  • 21Tounkara
  • 25Andrade
  • 27Johnson

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 2Brindley
  • 3Skarz
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forTidserat 81'minutes
  • 5DavisBooked at 5minsSubstituted forMillsat 85'minutes
  • 20Morgan
  • 22Agard
  • 10O'ConnorSubstituted forMilsomat 79'minutes
  • 9Revell
  • 16Tubbs
  • 18Pringle

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 6Mills
  • 15Milsom
  • 23Tidser
  • 25Eaves
  • 31Rowe
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
2,814

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Rotherham United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Rotherham United 3.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Michael Tidser.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Pablo Mills replaces Claude Davis.

Booking

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oumare Tounkara (Stevenage).

Michael Tidser (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Oumare Tounkara replaces Filipe Morais.

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Michael Tidser replaces Lee Frecklington.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Robert Milsom replaces Michael O'Connor.

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Claude Davis.

Attempt blocked. Simon Heslop (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Simon Heslop (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Richard Brindley (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Agard (Rotherham United).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Skarz.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 0, Rotherham United 3. Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Kieran Agard.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 0, Rotherham United 2. Claude Davis (Rotherham United) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Rotherham United).

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves1612312039
2Leyton Orient1612222338
3Peterborough1510231332
4Brentford16934830
5Preston16862830
6Swindon168261026
7Rotherham16664224
8Bradford156541023
9Port Vale16727-123
10MK Dons15645422
11Walsall15645222
12Coventry159331220
13Crawley16556-420
14Gillingham16538-518
15Colchester16385-617
16Carlisle16457-1217
17Shrewsbury16376-316
18Oldham15438-415
19Bristol City16286-414
20Stevenage164210-1114
21Tranmere16358-1414
22Crewe16349-2413
23Sheff Utd163310-1112
24Notts County163112-1310
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