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Rotherham United 3-2 Burton Albion

Rotherham kept hold of top spot in League One after edging a ding-dong match with Burton 3-2.

Michael Smith bagged a brace for Rotherham before substitute Freddie Ladapo struck the crucial winner.​

The visitors took their first opportunity in the seventh minute, with Jamie Murphy cutting inside from the left and curling beyond Daniel Iversen.​

The game was level two minutes later, with Smith being picked out by Matt Crooks and slamming in from close range.​

An open game almost swung back the way of the visitors with Stephen Quinn denied by Iversen and then Murphy striking the post.​

Rotherham made a dream start to the second half, with Smith heading in one minute after the break from Dan Barlaser's corner.​

But Burton levelled a minute later after Oliver Sarkic was played in following an intricate move and blasted into the roof of the net.​

They should have gone back in front but Lucas Akins missed a glorious chance from John Brayford's cross.​

​Rotherham punished them in the 71st minute, with Ladapo firing in from the edge of the box to secure all three points.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Iversen
  • 5Thompson
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 19Ogbene
  • 17Crooks
  • 11BarlaserSubstituted forOlosundeat 75'minutes
  • 14AdelakunSubstituted forWilesat 61'minutes
  • 24Smith
  • 7VassellSubstituted forLadapoat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4MacDonald
  • 8Wiles
  • 10Ladapo
  • 16Lindsay
  • 18Clarke
  • 22Olosunde
  • 30Bilboe

Burton

  • 1O'Hara
  • 2Brayford
  • 21O'Toole
  • 5Buxton
  • 3DanielSubstituted forHutchinsonat 88'minutes
  • 16Shaughnessy
  • 7Quinn
  • 17SarkicBooked at 32minsSubstituted forFraserat 77'minutes
  • 4EdwardsSubstituted forPowellat 83'minutes
  • 29Murphy
  • 10Akins

Substitutes

  • 6Wallace
  • 8Fraser
  • 14Sbarra
  • 15Hutchinson
  • 18Nartey
  • 23Powell
  • 24Garratt
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
8,563

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home20
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away9
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 3, Burton Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Burton Albion 2.

Booking

Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Kieran O'Hara (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Reece Hutchinson replaces Colin Daniel.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

Attempt saved. Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Joe Powell replaces Ryan Edwards.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Scott Fraser replaces Oliver Sarkic.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Attempt saved. Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Wiles with a cross.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Oliver Sarkic.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Smith with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Matthew Olosunde replaces Daniel Barlaser.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

Adam Thompson (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion).

Michael Smith (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 3, Burton Albion 2. Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Wiles.

Attempt saved. Conor Shaughnessy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a cross.

Jamie Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Freddie Ladapo.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Freddie Ladapo replaces Kyle Vassell.

Foul by Colin Daniel (Burton Albion).

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

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by John Brayford with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ben Wiles replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

Attempt missed. Richard Wood (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Barlaser following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Colin Daniel.

Stephen Quinn (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Colin Daniel (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion).

Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham29165853302353
2Wycombe2914873634250
3Peterborough30147956371949
4Ipswich29139741291248
5Coventry271212338271148
6Portsmouth27138641291247
7Sunderland28129737261145
8Oxford Utd27128745271844
9Fleetwood2711974133842
10Doncaster27118840271341
11Burton2811893936341
12Gillingham2891273327639
13Bristol Rovers28108103238-638
14Lincoln City30114153738-137
15Blackpool2781093433134
16Shrewsbury2781092431-734
17Accrington2989123943-433
18Rochdale2995153447-1332
19MK Dons2994163140-931
20Wimbledon2877143442-828
21Tranmere2757152848-2022
22Southend2837183270-3816
23Bolton2658132255-3311
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