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Swindon Town 1-2 Rotherham United

Wes Thomas scored twice against Swindon Town.

Wes Thomas scored twice as Rotherham beat Swindon to secure a League One play-off meeting with Preston.

The Robins were behind after 58 seconds when Thomas latched on to Ben Pringle's pass to score in the left corner.

The pair combined again as Thomas doubled the lead with a far-post header, before Michael Smith reduced the deficit from the penalty spot.

Jay McEveley came close to an equaliser when his 30-yard shot hit the bar but the Millers held on for the win.

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Mark Cooper: Swindon Town manager on Rotherham loss

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"First half we didn't turn up, that will have taught them a lesson. That's not acceptable.

"Second half we got the required effort and desire, and could have easily got something out of the game just by upping the tempo and getting about the pitch.

"The players have been brilliant (this season), they deserve all the credit in the world.

"The way they were thrown together and to finish in the top half of the table I'm very proud of them."

Rotherham boss Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans

"We made some big changes to allow people with some opportunity to stake a claim.

"I though we were terrific. First half we were exceptional and we should have been over and dusted with the dominance.

"It's going to be tough. It was tough at the start of the season to try and get into the play-offs."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 23Barthram
  • 14McEveleySubstituted forJonesat 87'minutes
  • 19Thompson
  • 29Branco
  • 40Stephens
  • 3Byrne
  • 39GladwinSubstituted forBarkerat 58'minutes
  • 28Smith
  • 17WaldonSubstituted forRandall-Hurranat 72'minutes
  • 4Luongo

Substitutes

  • 6Reis
  • 20Storey
  • 25Belford
  • 33Barker
  • 36Jones
  • 42Randall-Hurran
  • 44Da Costa

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 2Brindley
  • 3Skarz
  • 8Frecklington
  • 4Arnason
  • 5Davis
  • 27Tavernier
  • 15MilsomSubstituted forO'Connorat 64'minutes
  • 35HitchcockSubstituted forVuckicat 70'minutes
  • 26ThomasSubstituted forAgardat 45'minutes
  • 18Pringle

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 9Revell
  • 10O'Connor
  • 20Morgan
  • 22Agard
  • 28Vuckic
  • 29Walker
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
8,618

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Swindon Town 1, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Rotherham United 2.

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kieran Agard (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Jack Barthram (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Hand ball by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Matty Jones replaces James McEveley.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Michael O'Connor.

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

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

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

James McEveley (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Richard Brindley (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Will Randall-Hurran replaces Connor Waldon.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Haris Vuckic replaces Tom Hitchcock.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town).

James Tavernier (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James McEveley (Swindon Town) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box following a corner.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

Jack Barthram (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Claude Davis (Rotherham United).

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

James Tavernier (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

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

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Skarz (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! Swindon Town 1, Rotherham United 2. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Swindon Town. Massimo Luongo draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. George Barker replaces Ben Gladwin.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Robert Milsom.

Attempt blocked. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United).

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves463110558103
2Brentford46281082994
3Leyton Orient462511104086
4Rotherham46241482886
5Preston46231672685
6Peterborough46235181474
7Sheff Utd46181315267
8Swindon4619918466
9Port Vale4618721-1461
10MK Dons4617920-260
11Bradford46141715359
12Bristol City46131914358
13Walsall46141616058
14Crawley46141517-657
15Oldham46141418-956
16Colchester46131419-853
17Gillingham4615823-1953
18Coventry46161317-351
19Crewe46131221-2651
20Notts County4615526-1350
21Tranmere46121123-2747
22Carlisle46111223-3345
23Shrewsbury4691522-2142
24Stevenage4611926-2642
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