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Gillingham 0-1 Rotherham United

Rotherham United took a big step towards a League One play-off place with a 1-0 win at Gillingham.

Will Vaulks scored the only goal of the game, but the Millers missed a host of other chances as they move to - in all likelihood - one more victory of a guaranteed top-six berth.

Paul Warne's men weathered an early Gills storm, which saw Conor Wilkinson head just over, and took the lead in the 20th minute.

Right-back Josh Emmanuel surged down the right and fed it to Michael Smith, who teed it up for Vaulks to smash home from 20 yards.

Richard Wood came close to doubling the lead soon after half-time when he ran out of defence all the way to the edge of the area, where his low shot was tipped around the post by Tomas Holy, with Wood's header from the resulting corner blocked.

The game should have been over in the 67th minute when Vaulks produced a defence-splitting pass for Ryan Williams, who raced through on goal but dragged his shot wide.

Williams also put a free header wide and then Smith wasted the opportunity of the match, blazing wide from Jon Taylor's cross, but the missed chances did not prove costly.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 13Holy
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6ZakuaniSubstituted forNugentat 24'minutes
  • 12OgilvieSubstituted forEavesat 52'minutes
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 33Byrne
  • 26Reilly
  • 10Wilkinson
  • 14Parker

Substitutes

  • 9Eaves
  • 18Stevenson
  • 19Nugent
  • 21List
  • 27Nash
  • 30Hadler
  • 37Nasseri

Rotherham

  • 13Rodák
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 6Wood
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 18Purrington
  • 17TowellBooked at 64minsSubstituted forAjayiat 65'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 87mins
  • 8Palmer
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forFordeat 77'minutes
  • 24SmithBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLaveryat 80'minutes
  • 23Williams

Substitutes

  • 5Ajayi
  • 7Forde
  • 10Ball
  • 12Price
  • 22Newell
  • 25Cummings
  • 31Lavery
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
4,029

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 0, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Rotherham United 1.

Attempt saved. Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Anthony Forde.

Attempt missed. Luke O'Neill (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

Joshua Emmanuel (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Scott Wagstaff.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Caolan Lavery replaces Michael Smith.

Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joshua Emmanuel (Rotherham United).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Jon Taylor.

Conor Wilkinson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Josh Parker (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United).

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

(Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Rotherham United).

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Scott Wagstaff (Gillingham).

Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Semi Ajayi replaces Richard Towell.

Booking

Richard Towell (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Reilly (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan42279682275590
2Blackburn422512576373987
3Shrewsbury422410855352082
4Rotherham432271469511873
5Charlton431811145650665
6Scunthorpe4216161059491064
7Plymouth411810135348564
8Portsmouth43196185554163
9Peterborough4216131364521261
10Bradford41176185262-1057
11Blackpool431414155653356
12Bristol Rovers42168185862-456
13Doncaster411315135249354
14Fleetwood43159195762-554
15Southend421411174962-1353
16Gillingham431216154449-552
17Oxford Utd431311195763-650
18Wimbledon421310194253-1149
19Walsall421212185162-1148
20Oldham421114175468-1447
21Rochdale421016164553-846
22Northampton431110223974-3543
23MK Dons421012204261-1942
24Bury43710263768-3131
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