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Rotherham 2-0 Brighton

Matt Derbyshire

Struggling Rotherham consigned Brighton to their first away defeat of the season in the Championship.

Danny Ward gave the hosts the lead just before half-time as he volleyed in from Joe Mattock's cross.

Brighton improved after the break, but Matt Derbyshire increased the Millers' lead by stabbing home from close range.

Tomer Hemed hit the post late on for the Seagulls, but the visitors - who slip to sixth in the table - could not find a way past keeper Lee Camp.

The result means Rotherham move up to 20th in the Championship table while Brighton have now gone six games without a goal and are winless in eight games in all competitions.

The hosts went ahead when Mattock sent in a left-wing cross which had Seagulls defender Lewis Dunk fooled as Ward volleyed from close range.

Rotherham doubled their lead late in the second half as Bruno Saltor headed into the path of Derbyshire who easily tapped home from six yards.

Brighton came close to finding a consolation when Hemed hit the post from close range, but they could not find a breakthrough.

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn:

"We deserved it, I don't think anybody could doubt that.

"Brighton played their part, but I thought the difference was the front two. I thought the front two were magnificent and they were a real threat for 90 minutes.

"The fact that you have got that energy up front helps you defend from the front. It's a long season, we haven't got to look too far ahead, we have got to keep chipping away.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

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Chris Hughton on defeat by Rotherham

"In the second half we gave ourselves opportunities to get back in the game. I think we were well off it in the first half, they got a rhythm.

"At the minute, most defensive mistakes we are getting punished for and you can't win football games if you don't score and we are struggling at that.

"Arguably there's stuff we're not getting away with at the minute that we were in our good run. We are getting punished for mistakes."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 28FaceySubstituted forRichardsonat 75'minutes
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 26Belaid
  • 3Mattock
  • 17Ward
  • 11Green
  • 33Smallwood
  • 22Newell
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 9WardSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Collins
  • 6Wood
  • 10Ledesma
  • 13Cairns
  • 16Richardson
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 23Thorpe

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 3GreerSubstituted forCroftsat 83'minutes
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Ridgewell
  • 27Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 15MurphySubstituted forLua Luaat 72'minutes
  • 21WilsonSubstituted forZamoraat 62'minutes
  • 10Hemed

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 8Crofts
  • 9Baldock
  • 14Calderon
  • 17Goldson
  • 25Zamora
  • 30Lua Lua
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
9,269

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Lee Camp.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Frazer Richardson.

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert following a set piece situation.

Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aimen Belaid (Rotherham United).

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt saved. Paul Green (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Bruno.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Anthony Knockaert tries a through ball, but Bobby Zamora is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Newell.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Andrew Crofts replaces Gordon Greer because of an injury.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Frazer Richardson.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Frazer Richardson replaces Shay Facey.

Substitution

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

Attempt missed. Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Jamie Murphy.

Attempt missed. Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Paul Green.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Green (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bobby Zamora replaces James Wilson.

Delay in match Danny Ward (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ward.

Attempt blocked. Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough25174437122555
2Derby261310338182049
3Hull25145636181847
4Burnley26129539231645
5Ipswich2612863631544
6Brighton26111143127444
7Sheff Wed2611963930942
8Birmingham2611783128340
9Cardiff2591063026437
10Wolves2610793534137
11Brentford26106103736136
12Reading2697103129234
13Preston2681082323034
14Nottm Forest2671182625132
15Leeds2671182730-332
16Huddersfield2687113536-131
17QPR2671093134-331
18Blackburn2561182322129
19Fulham2669114246-427
20Rotherham2673163244-1224
21MK Dons2665152138-1723
22Bristol City2649132346-2321
23Charlton2648142147-2620
24Bolton26211132142-2117
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