League One
Gillingham3Rotherham4

Gillingham 3-4 Rotherham United

Tom Hitchcock

Tom Hitchcock scored a second-half hat-trick as Rotherham twice came from behind to beat Gillingham and secure themselves a play-off place.

Kieran Agard put the visitors ahead before Adebayo Akinfenwa levelled and Myles Weston put the Gills in front.

Loanee Hitchcock then levelled for the Millers but Bradley Dack's late goal looked to have won it for the hosts.

Hitchcock equalised again a minute later and completed his hat-trick in stoppage-time with a curling lob.

Rotherham move up to third in the League One table and are now unbeaten in 16 games while Gillingham stay in 14th place.

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor told BBC Radio Kent:

"We've got to defend better than we did. In the end, as much as they're a good team, I still think they got some easy goals by poor defending by us.

"We showed character all the time, but character is one thing - you've still got to be organised, you've got to have plans and you've got to have a team discipline to get points in a tough league.

"I'm sure the majority of people enjoyed the game. To get as many goals as that it's good viewing but for us to get nothing out of it - it's very frustrating."

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 23Harriman
  • 3J Martin
  • 15Dack
  • 24Inniss
  • 26BarrettBooked at 90mins
  • 29Hewitt
  • 12GregorySubstituted forGermanat 90+6'minutes
  • 10McDonald
  • 8AkinfenwaSubstituted forLinganziat 78'minutes
  • 11WestonSubstituted forLeeat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Linganzi
  • 16German
  • 17Birchall
  • 18Lee
  • 19Smith
  • 31Hessenthaler
  • 35Baxter

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 27Tavernier
  • 3Skarz
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forMilsomat 81'minutes
  • 4Arnason
  • 20Morgan
  • 37AdamsSubstituted forHitchcockat 60'minutes
  • 36SmallwoodSubstituted forO'Connorat 90+6'minutes
  • 22Agard
  • 9Revell
  • 18Pringle

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 5Davis
  • 10O'Connor
  • 15Milsom
  • 26Thomas
  • 28Vuckic
  • 35Hitchcock
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
6,027

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home10
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 3, Rotherham United 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 3, Rotherham United 4.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Michael O'Connor replaces Richard Smallwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Antonio German replaces Steven Gregory.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Rotherham United 4. Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

Booking

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Adam Barrett (Gillingham).

Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Rotherham United 3. Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 3, Rotherham United 2. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham).

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Robert Milsom replaces Lee Frecklington because of an injury.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Amine Linganzi replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James Tavernier.

Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Tavernier (Rotherham United).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Ryan Inniss (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Charlie Lee replaces Myles Weston because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Rotherham United 2. Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Attempt missed. Elliott Hewitt (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Myles Weston (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Tom Hitchcock replaces Nicky Adams.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Joe Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 2, Rotherham United 1. Myles Weston (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elliott Hewitt.

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves4127954990
2Brentford4025962984
3Rotherham40221262978
4Leyton Orient41221183577
5Preston41201651876
6Peterborough4019417761
7MK Dons4117717358
8Swindon4116916457
9Port Vale4117618-1157
10Walsall41141413356
11Sheff Utd40141115-253
12Bradford41111614149
13Coventry41161114049
14Gillingham4014620-1348
15Bristol City41101714-147
16Oldham41121118-1147
17Crawley38111314-846
18Colchester41101318-1243
19Tranmere40111019-2143
20Carlisle40111019-2143
21Crewe41111020-2743
22Shrewsbury4191418-1341
23Notts County4112425-1740
24Stevenage4110922-2139
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