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Lincoln City 0-1 Rotherham United: Matt Crooks goal puts Millers six points clear in League One

Matt Crooks scores for Rotherham
Matt Crooks' goal means Rotherham are six points clear of second-placed Wycombe Wanderers at the top of League One

Matt Crooks' 10th goal of the season cemented Rotherham's position on top of League One as they triumphed 1-0 at Lincoln City.

Crooks headed home Theo Vassell's cross in the 47th minute to secure the three points against a spirited Imps side at a sold-out Sincil Bank.

After Jorge Grant curled a free-kick wide early on for Lincoln, Rotherham's only concerted attack of the first half saw Chiedozie Ogbene have a shot charged down by Jason Shackell and then his follow-up by Max Melbourne.

Grant was then denied by a brilliant one-handed save by Daniel Iversen as he headed Harry Anderson's cross goalwards.

Jake Hesketh raced on to a lovely pass by Liam Bridcutt - making his debut for the Imps - to cross for the onrushing Anderson, who blazed wildly over the bar from six yards.

Within two minutes of the restart Rotherham took the lead. Dan Barlaser fed a ball out wide for Vassell, whose cross was headed home by Crooks past the despairing dive of Josh Vickers.

Imps goalkeeper Vickers kept City in the match after beating away a Vassell drive, before pouncing on another Crooks header.

Tyreece John-Jules almost scored the equaliser, but could not get enough power on his effort from substitute Anthony Scully's cross and Richard Wood was able to hack clear a yard off his own goal line.

Scully and John-Jules combined again with the latter's low shot saved by Iversen's leg in the final minute.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 6BolgerBooked at 19mins
  • 5Shackell
  • 24MelbourneBooked at 42mins
  • 2Bridcutt
  • 19Morrell
  • 26AndersonSubstituted forHopperat 82'minutes
  • 28HeskethSubstituted forScullyat 72'minutes
  • 18Grant
  • 9John-Jules

Substitutes

  • 10Payne
  • 11Hopper
  • 12Chapman
  • 17Scully
  • 20Coventry
  • 30Andrew
  • 37Edun

Rotherham

  • 1Iversen
  • 5Thompson
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 8Wiles
  • 19OgbeneSubstituted forKoromaat 79'minutes
  • 17Crooks
  • 11Barlaser
  • 14AdelakunSubstituted forMacDonaldat 90+1'minutes
  • 7VassellSubstituted forLadapoat 77'minutes
  • 24SmithBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4MacDonald
  • 10Ladapo
  • 16Lindsay
  • 18Clarke
  • 22Olosunde
  • 25Koroma
  • 30Bilboe
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
9,876

Match Stats

Home TeamLincoln CityAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Lincoln City 0, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lincoln City 0, Rotherham United 1.

Liam Bridcutt (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shaun MacDonald (Rotherham United).

Booking

Michael Smith (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Shaun MacDonald replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

Hand ball by Joe Morrell (Lincoln City).

Attempt saved. Tyreece John-Jules (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Scully.

Attempt missed. Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Josh Koroma.

Max Melbourne (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Jorge Grant (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Koroma (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Tom Hopper replaces Harry Anderson.

Hand ball by Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United).

Foul by Anthony Scully (Lincoln City).

Josh Koroma (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Tyreece John-Jules (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Scully with a cross.

Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hakeeb Adelakun (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Josh Koroma replaces Chiedozie Ogbene.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Freddie Ladapo replaces Kyle Vassell.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

Attempt blocked. Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Thompson with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Max Melbourne.

Attempt missed. Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chiedozie Ogbene.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Anthony Scully replaces Jake Hesketh.

Attempt saved. Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hakeeb Adelakun.

Attempt missed. Hakeeb Adelakun (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Lincoln City).

Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tyreece John-Jules (Lincoln City).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyreece John-Jules (Lincoln City).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joe Morrell (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Harry Anderson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Morrell.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham30175854302456
2Wycombe2914873634250
3Peterborough30147956371949
4Ipswich29139741291248
5Coventry271212338271148
6Portsmouth27138641291247
7Sunderland28129737261145
8Oxford Utd27128745271844
9Doncaster28128843271644
10Fleetwood2711974133842
11Burton2811893936341
12Gillingham2891273327639
13Bristol Rovers28108103238-638
14Lincoln City31114163739-237
15Blackpool2781093433134
16Shrewsbury2781092431-734
17Accrington2989123943-433
18Rochdale2995153447-1332
19MK Dons2994163140-931
20Wimbledon2877143442-828
21Tranmere2857162851-2322
22Southend2837183270-3816
23Bolton2658132255-3311
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