Championship
Rotherham4Bolton0

Rotherham United 4-0 Bolton Wanderers

Grant Ward
Grant Ward scored his second goal of the season

Rotherham United beat Bolton with four second-half goals to pile more misery on the Championship's bottom club.

A tight first half saw Zach Clough go close for Bolton and Danny Ward had a similar effort for the hosts.

Grant Ward put Rotherham ahead with a half-volley from the edge of the box, while Danny Ward rounded Ben Amos to score against his former club.

Joe Newell scored from a tight angle and Jonson Clarke-Harris slotted into the bottom corner to complete the win.

The victory was enough to lift the Millers out of the Championship relegation zone, while Bolton's winless run in the league was extended to 17 matches.

Media playback is not supported on this device

Lennon on Rotherham United v Bolton

Bolton had the game's first chance as Emile Heskey released Clough, whose close-range shot was superbly saved by Lee Camp, but Rotherham asserted their authority as the half went on and went close three times in a matter of minutes.

Newell's inswinging strike was palmed over by Amos, Kirk Broadfoot put his header over the bar, while Amos saved from Danny Ward at close range.

An injury to Bolton's former England striker Heskey saw him substituted at the start of the second half and his replacement Gary Madine caused trouble straight away with a clever flick.

The home side went in front from a well-worked corner as Tony Andreu set up Ward to fire in a half-volley through the body of Amos.

Bolton, without a win since 12 September, never let their heads drop and Liam Feeney's back-post header went just wide.

Amos produced a stunning save to keep the deficit down as he clawed away Broadfoot's effort, but could do nothing to stop Ward, who had been sent clear by Newell.

Newell then powered in behind the Bolton defence to make it three and substitute Clarke-Harris latched onto Andreu's clever backheel to wrap up a second win in as many matches.

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn: "There was a lot at stake for both sides and I thought we were the better side.

"I thought in the second half, it really opened up, it became stretched and that suited us.

"Four wins in seven is definitely play-off form, but we are in the position we are in. We have got to keep doing what we are doing and keep putting little runs together."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "It's not been good enough, we're bottom of the league and we're in danger of being stranded.

"I have seen it too many times now away from home now - as soon as we concede we seem to drop our heads, stop competing all together and we made it too easy for Rotherham to score.

"I want to try to turn things around, I don't want to quit, I don't want to resign, I want to turn things around, but that may be taken out of my hands."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 16Richardson
  • 20Rawson
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 3Mattock
  • 17WardBooked at 76mins
  • 33Smallwood
  • 8Frecklington
  • 22NewellSubstituted forGreenat 90+2'minutes
  • 24Andreu
  • 9WardSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Collins
  • 10Ledesma
  • 11Green
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 21Collin
  • 23Thorpe
  • 27Derbyshire

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 45HoldingBooked at 76mins
  • 4Dervite
  • 31Wheater
  • 3Moxey
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forWellingtonat 61'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 7Feeney
  • 10Clough
  • 21Pratley
  • 19HeskeySubstituted forMadineat 48'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gouano
  • 13Rachubka
  • 14Madine
  • 15Derik
  • 22Wellington
  • 23Dobbie
  • 27Twardzik
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
11,315

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home19
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 4, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 4, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ben Amos.

Attempt saved. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Paul Green replaces Joe Newell.

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt saved. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Moxey.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ben Amos.

Attempt saved. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tony Andreu.

Attempt missed. Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 4, Bolton Wanderers 0. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tony Andreu with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Farrend Rawson (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 3, Bolton Wanderers 0. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tony Andreu.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Danny Ward.

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wellington.

Attempt saved. Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Rob Holding.

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

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

Booking

Grant Ward (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Grant Ward (Rotherham United).

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

Booking

Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rob Holding (Bolton Wanderers).

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Bolton Wanderers 0. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Richard Smallwood with a through ball.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Dorian Dervite.

Attempt saved. Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross.

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby23138235132247
2Middlesbrough22144433122146
3Hull23135534161844
4Brighton23111113123844
5Burnley2310853023738
6Ipswich2310763330337
7Sheff Wed239953527836
8Cardiff238962825333
9Brentford239683432233
10Birmingham239682726133
11Reading238692826230
12QPR237882830-229
13Leeds227872224-229
14Blackburn2261062219328
15Nottm Forest227782221128
16Wolves237792932-328
17Preston2351081821-325
18Fulham235993641-524
19Huddersfield2366112735-824
20MK Dons2364132031-1122
21Rotherham2363142838-1021
22Bristol City2349102239-1721
23Charlton2347122039-1919
24Bolton23111111837-1914
View full Championship table

Top Stories