Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Accrington Stanley 0.
Rotherham moved into the play-off spots thanks to a win over Accrington.
With most of their top-half rivals without a fixture, the Millers, even with 10 men, took advantage and moved from mid-table into sixth with a hard-earned victory.
Carlton Morris' early effort forced Accrington goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov into action before Chiedozie Ogbene's curler was just wide of the far post as Rotherham started the better side.
The home side took the lead in the 30th minute with Morris rising above the Accrington defence to power in Ben Wiles' free-kick.
The lively Morris almost doubled Rotherham's advantage before the break but his effort curled just wide.
Accrington started to enjoy more possession in the second half and substitute Sean McConville almost nipped in to head the leveller at the near post.
Rotherham's response saw Wiles fire a stinging effort from the edge of the box, which Evtimov saved.
Ogbene was given his marching orders in the 82nd minute for his second yellow card following a dive and the weakened Rotherham had to see out a late onslaught to claim the three points.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 20IhiekweBooked at 25mins
- 15RobertsonBooked at 37mins
- 2JonesBooked at 70mins
- 17CrooksSubstituted forLindsayat 77'minutes
- 19OgbeneBooked at 82mins
- 24SmithSubstituted forLadapoat 76'minutes
- 14MorrisSubstituted forThompsonat 88'minutes
- 1EvtimovBooked at 35mins
- 2JohnsonBooked at 23mins
- 12MaguireSubstituted forNeves Bento De Carvalhoat 89'minutes
- 28ConneelyBooked at 50mins
- 16BarclaySubstituted forBishopat 77'minutes
- 10PritchardSubstituted forMcConvilleat 45'minutes
- 23Neves Bento De Carvalho
- Darren Handley
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Accrington Stanley 0.
Foul by Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United).
Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Accrington Stanley. Seamus Conneely tries a through ball, but Dion Charles is caught offside.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Wilson Carvalho replaces Joseph Maguire.
Substitution, Rotherham United. Adam Thompson replaces Carlton Morris.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matthew Olosunde.
Attempt blocked. Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Clark.
Attempt blocked. Dion Charles (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Clark.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Colby Bishop with a headed pass.
Jamie Lindsay (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).
Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt missed. Joseph Maguire (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Sean McConville following a corner.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Daniel Barlaser.
Second yellow card to Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United).
Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.
Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Harvey Rodgers.
Attempt blocked. Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Barlaser.