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Rotherham United 3-3 Derby County

Rotherham players celebrate
Leon Best (centre) scored his first goals for Rotherham since joining them in November.

Leon Best scored a last-minute equaliser as Rotherham recovered from three goals down to draw with Derby.

With seven minutes remaining Danny Ward's composed finish looked to have given the Millers a consolation goal.

However, Best's two headers rescued an unlikely point for Rotherham.

The Rams had run riot early in the second half with Tom Ince striking twice - first rifling a low shot home before rolling the ball into an empty net - in between Chris Martin's tap-in.

Millers boss Neil Warnock's decision to bring on Republic of Ireland international striker Best with 20 minutes remaining proved to be an inspired one, as the relegation-threatened hosts stay a point adrift of safety.

Best - who was sent off in his first match for the club against Leeds in November - twice headed in at the back post, with his first coming just two minutes after Ward's fourth goal of the season.

Derby struck three times within 10 second-half minutes as a poor headed clearance was collected by Ince, whose brilliant first-time shot gave Lee Camp no chance and nestled in the left corner.

Nice link-up play with Cyrus Christie saw Martin net for the 14th time this season, before the two goalscorers combined as Martin crossed for Ince to net the easiest of goals.

Derby's alarming surrender of their lead cost Darren Wassall's side two vital points in their push for promotion, as they fell four points behind both Hull and Brighton above them with both having games in hand.

Rotherham manager Neil Warnock:

"I can't think of another comeback as good as that, but I forget.

"It's the sweetest because we were playing against a very good team and the players they have got and that's why I am enjoying the challenge.

"They will be going home thinking they have lost the game, you shouldn't concede three goals in the final 10 minutes.

"This is the result of the season, never mind the day. I don't think there will be another one like this.

"We were 3-0 down against Derby County, with the players they have got, and have got a point."

Derby manager Darren Wassall:

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Wassall on Rotherham v Derby

"For 82 minutes I thought that was the best we have played all season.

"I asked for a reaction after QPR and we certainly got it. What happened after that was baffling, inexplicable, inexcusable and everybody connected with the football club is absolutely gutted.

"You feel like you have lost. With Rotherham's form we would have taken a point at the start of the game. But at 3-0 after 82 minutes you are expected to win the game.

"We need to work on our game management. We should be going home with all three points and we are going home with one in a very bad frame of mind.

"The fans were right to boo us off. They saw us dominate Rotherham for 80 minutes, we could have been 6-0 up we were that good."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 12Kelly
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 4Collins
  • 3MattockBooked at 6mins
  • 11GreenSubstituted forBestat 69'minutes
  • 8Frecklington
  • 33Smallwood
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forNewellat 69'minutes
  • 9Ward
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forWardat 31'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Burke
  • 17Ward
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 22Newell
  • 30Kenny
  • 34Doyley
  • 50Best

Derby

  • 17Carson
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 14Shackell
  • 29Olsson
  • 8Hendrick
  • 34ThorneSubstituted forBlackmanat 76'minutes
  • 4Bryson
  • 23Ince
  • 9MartinSubstituted forBentat 75'minutes
  • 15Johnson

Substitutes

  • 1Grant
  • 5Buxton
  • 10Bent
  • 18Butterfield
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Weimann
  • 26Hanson
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
11,163

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home15
Away22
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 3, Derby County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Derby County 3.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leon Best (Rotherham United).

Bradley Johnson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 3, Derby County 3. Leon Best (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Danny Ward with a cross.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Derby County).

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Keogh.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 2, Derby County 3. Leon Best (Rotherham United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Kelly following a corner.

Attempt missed. Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

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

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 1, Derby County 3. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Ward.

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Nick Blackman replaces George Thorne.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Darren Bent replaces Chris Martin.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Kelly (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Newell.

Attempt saved. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Leon Best replaces Paul Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 0, Derby County 3. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 0, Derby County 2. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt missed. Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) with an attempt from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 0, Derby County 1. Tom Ince (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Craig Bryson (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Collins (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley372111560303074
2Middlesbrough35207847212667
3Hull35198849212865
4Brighton361714549341565
5Derby371613850351561
6Sheff Wed371514853361759
7Cardiff37151394840858
8Ipswich361510114443155
9Birmingham35159114034654
10Preston371313113534152
11QPR371214114642450
12Leeds361114113641-547
13Wolves361210144550-546
14Nottm Forest361112133334-145
15Reading351111134141044
16Blackburn361013133634243
17Brentford36127174858-1043
18Huddersfield37119174852-442
19Bristol City371010173458-2440
20Fulham37813165663-737
21MK Dons37910183149-1837
22Rotherham37106214362-1936
23Charlton36611193266-3429
24Bolton37414193662-2626
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