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Rotherham United 4-2 Bolton Wanderers

Rotherham manager Steve Evans
Steve Evans's Rotherham remain 21st but now have a five-point cushion above the relegation zone

Rotherham produced a terrific first-half display against Bolton to set up their second league win in 15 matches.

Ben Pringle volleyed Conor Newton's cross home before Conor Sammon netted his first Rotherham goal on 22 minutes.

Matt Derbyshire set up Sammon's tap-in and Paul Green's glancing header, before Derbyshire smashed in the Millers' fourth after the interval.

Liam Trotter and Matt Mills reduced the arrears, but Rotherham moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

Bolton, on 33 points, are only four points better off than the hosts but went into this game on a run of only one defeat in their last 11 league games.

Their form since Neil Lennon took charge in October has been in stark contrast to their early season results. but a horror opening period left the visitors with too much to do, despite a late rally.

Pringle was on hand at the back post to turn home a delivery from Newton - making his first start for Steve Evans's side since his move from Newcastle last summer - and though Bolton rallied, Eidur Gudjohnsen was denied the chance to level by Richie Smallwood's sliding tackle.

Derbyshire was the game's stand-out player and his effort - saved by Andy Lonergan - left on-loan Derby forward Sammon with an easy goal.

Sammon had only managed one goal in 19 league appearances while on loan at Ipswich earlier in the campaign, but gave his new side a platform to go on and secure their sixth win of the season.

Green's header put the home side 3-0 up by the break and Derbyshire all but ended the contest on 57 minutes after he glided unopposed through the Bolton midfield to blast his second goal of the season into the top corner.

Trotter struck a consolation with 13 minutes left when he latched onto a knockdown from Mills, who bundled in a header two minutes later to add some respectability to the scoreline.

However, no late surge arrived as Rotherham made sure of their first home win in nine matches.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: " We're absolutely delighted because we asked the players to be full of endeavour and spirit.

"It's a stunning goal from Matt and I thought he was absolutely awesome for an hour before he tired a bit. It wasn't just his goal, his all round performance was stunning."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "It was a good time for Rotherham to play us. We just have to accept this one and come back really strong for Wolves on Saturday.

"We looked leggy. I think the season is just biting us in terms of the strength in depth in the squad."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 16Richardson
  • 20Morgan
  • 4Arnason
  • 28Fryers
  • 17Newton
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 18PringleBooked at 30minsSubstituted forHammillat 90'minutes
  • 23SammonSubstituted forWoodat 90+4'minutes
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forBoweryat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Brindley
  • 6Wood
  • 10Bowery
  • 22Ward
  • 24Hammill
  • 25Barmby
  • 35Thompson

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 14Dervite
  • 4Mills
  • 5Ream
  • 7Feeney
  • 25Vela
  • 18Danns
  • 21Pratley
  • 43KellettSubstituted forTrotterat 51'minutes
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forSpearingat 74'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 35WilkinsonSubstituted forWheaterat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bogdan
  • 3Moxey
  • 6Spearing
  • 17Trotter
  • 31Wheater
  • 38Odelusi
  • 52Walker
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
8,760

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 4, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 4, Bolton Wanderers 2.

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Richard Wood replaces Conor Sammon.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Adam Hammill replaces Ben Pringle.

Attempt missed. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Green.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jay Spearing (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 4, Bolton Wanderers 2. Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers) header from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 4, Bolton Wanderers 1. Liam Trotter (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Mills with a headed pass.

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Jay Spearing replaces Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Delay in match Conor Sammon (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Delay in match Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

Foul by David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers).

Craig Morgan (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ezekiel Fryers.

Attempt blocked. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Mills.

Attempt blocked. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darren Pratley with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Conor Newton (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. David Wheater replaces Conor Wilkinson.

Foul by Matt Mills (Bolton Wanderers).

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. Conor Sammon (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Conor Newton.

Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

Paul Green (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Trotter with a headed pass.

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 4, Bolton Wanderers 0. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth27156657282951
2Derby27156650252551
3Middlesbrough27148542182450
4Ipswich27148546271950
5Brentford2715484436849
6Watford27145856312547
7Wolves2712873133-244
8Norwich27127850341643
9Sheff Wed2791172123-238
10Blackburn279993637-136
11Birmingham279993139-836
12Nottm Forest2781093739-234
13Cardiff2797113640-434
14Fulham27104134047-734
15Huddersfield2797113545-1034
16Bolton2796123137-633
17Charlton2761472434-1032
18Reading2787123142-1131
19Brighton27611103035-529
20Leeds2778122838-1029
21Rotherham27611102535-1029
22Millwall2759132544-1924
23Wigan2749142636-1021
24Blackpool2738162150-2917
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