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Stoke City 2-2 Rotherham United: Millers come from 2-0 down to rescue point

Sam Vokes
Sam Vokes' goal was his second for Stoke since joining them in the January transfer window

Rotherham boosted their Championship survival hopes by coming from 2-0 down to draw at mid-table Stoke.

The Millers were unfortunate to trail to first-half goals by Sam Vokes and Sam Clucas, but produced a spirited fightback to move within a point of fourth-bottom Wigan.

Michael Smith headed home a 58th-minute corner to make it 2-1 and substitute Matt Crooks equalised from close range after Stoke had failed to clear Will Vaulks' long throw.

Crooks had a further effort cleared off the line by Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross and was denied superbly by home goalkeeper Jack Butland, who also made fine second-half saves from Clark Robertson and Joe Newell.

Stoke were far from their best but appeared on course for victory with two goals in two minutes midway through the first half.

Wales striker Vokes headed them in front from an inviting Ashley Williams cross, while midfielder Clucas arrived unmarked to fire in the second from 12 yards.

But, having drawn from 2-0 down in the reverse fixture in September, Stoke were on the wrong end of a similar turnaround on this occasion and were fortunate to hang on for a point.

Rotherham, who have four games left to play, are sure to pay keen attention to Wigan's game against leaders Norwich on Sunday.

Stoke manager Nathan Jones:

"Up to half-time, there were no problems. In the second half, we buckled and that's the worrying thing.

"We should have had a penalty from a corner early in the second half, and the second goal is blatantly offside.

"Jack Butland was outstanding and showed why he's a top goalkeeper."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne:

"It feels a little bittersweet. It was a good opportunity to win a game, we came here to win and I thought we were the better team.

"I think my goalkeeper's made one save all day and Jack Butland has made a few more. The fact that he was named man of the match sums it up.

"We were desperately trying to get the win we need, but it wasn't to be."

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 5Williams
  • 17Shawcross
  • 14Batth
  • 15Martins IndiSubstituted forVerlindenat 87'minutes
  • 11McClean
  • 4Allen
  • 8Etebo
  • 22Clucas
  • 27BojanSubstituted forAfobeat 62'minutes
  • 10VokesSubstituted forAdamat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 9Afobe
  • 16Adam
  • 18Diouf
  • 31Verlinden
  • 32Federici
  • 38Woods

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 15Robertson
  • 3Mattock
  • 5Ajayi
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forWilliamsat 68'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 60mins
  • 13TowellSubstituted forCrooksat 58'minutes
  • 7FordeSubstituted forNewellat 69'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 12Price
  • 17Crooks
  • 19Vassell
  • 22Newell
  • 23Williams
  • 25Wiles
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
24,250

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home4
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 2, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Rotherham United 2.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Foul by Thibaud Verlinden (Stoke City).

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

Attempt missed. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Sam Clucas (Stoke City).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Thibaud Verlinden replaces Bruno Martins Indi.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Sam Vokes.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Sam Vokes.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Williams.

Attempt missed. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joe Newell.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt missed. Semi Ajayi (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Attempt blocked. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Goal!

Goal! Stoke City 2, Rotherham United 2. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Semi Ajayi with a headed pass.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Anthony Forde.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ryan Williams replaces Jon Taylor.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Stoke City).

Marek Rodák (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Benik Afobe replaces Bojan.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich412510684503485
2Leeds422571069422782
3Sheff Utd422310969393079
4West Brom4221101181562573
5Aston Villa421815977581969
6Bristol City411811125546965
7Middlesbrough421713124436864
8Derby411712125950963
9Hull42179166159260
10Sheff Wed421514135255-359
11Nottm Forest421415135652457
12Preston421512156059157
13Swansea41168175554156
14Brentford421412166658854
15Blackburn421411175764-753
16Stoke421119124147-652
17QPR42139205065-1548
18Birmingham421316135854446
19Reading421014184763-1644
20Millwall411012194659-1342
21Wigan411011204461-1741
22Rotherham42816184672-2640
23Bolton4288262972-4332
24Ipswich42416223368-3528
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