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Rotherham United 3-3 Stoke City: Nick Powell header earns Potters a draw in thriller

Nick Powell
Stoke forward Nick Powell headed in the sixth and final goal of the game at Rotherham

Nick Powell's header earned Stoke City a point from an enthralling game and prevented lowly Rotherham securing consecutive Championship wins for the first time in almost five years.

The Millers trailed to an unfortunate Angus MacDonald own goal, but hit back to leave it level at the break through a close-range strike from Matt Crooks.

A dull game burst into life in a frantic second period with a scrappy Michael Smith effort making it 2-1 for the hosts, only for Danny Batth to head the Potters level.

Crooks restored Rotherham's lead with a classy first-time shot, but Powell's powerful header into the far corner earned Stoke a draw and takes them up a place to seventh.

Stoke's previous 10 matches had only produced 11 goals in total and although the first half saw two goals, there was only one shot on target and very little of note in between.

The chances of Rotherham marking boss Paul Warne's 200th game in charge with a win to end a 121-game run of not having won back-to-back second-tier fixtures since April 2016, looked unlikely when they trailed to MacDonald's own goal.

Keeper Jamal Blackman was unfortunate to be beaten when the centre-back inadvertently diverted a low Rhys Norrington-Davies cross up and over the on-loan Chelsea man.

The Millers, who are third from bottom and are now two points from safety, responded impressively and almost levelled when Wes Harding's header from Daniel Barlaser's corner smashed down off the bar and was scrambled clear.

Crooks did equalise with a near-post effort but much of the credit went to Smith, who pinched possession from a dithering Batth and sent in a teasing crossed low cross from the right.

After the sporadic first-half entertainment, a strong wind and damp conditions contributed to a captivating second period full of excitement, mistakes and chances.

Smith made it 2-1 with a cool finish after more messy defending but Batth made amends for his mistake for Rotherham's opener when he headed in Powell's inviting cross.

Crooks' second goal, a lovely strike from the edge of the box, put the hosts ahead again but Powell levelled the scores for a third time.

Both sides could have taken all three points in a breathless final 15 minutes.

Stoke created more chances with Batth almost heading in from a James McClean corner, while Crooks missed a wonderful opportunity for a hat-trick when he shot just wide from 12 yards.

Rotherham manager Paul Warne:

"I really enjoyed it and it's sad the fans weren't in. Both sets of fans would have really enjoyed it. Both teams weren't settling for a draw.

"I always ask the lads to leave everything out on the pitch and they did. I've no complaints. The longer the game went on they just kept freshening it up. There were no complaints from me about the goals we've conceded.

"Our second-half performance was really good. I am really proud of the fact I manage them because they were amazing."

Stoke manager Michael O'Neill:

"Each of the goals we lost were really poor. We outlined to the players what they would be dealing with.

"We didn't defend the box and played against a team who are very direct and honest. If you look at the nature of the goals, we gave the ball away in a bad area for the first. The second and third people haven't competed at a second ball.

"Ten draws is too many and we felt in a number of those games we've given up the opportunity to win. We are on a run at the minute of too many draws but we are trying to get out of it."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 27Blackman
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 21MacDonaldSubstituted forRobertsonat 80'minutes
  • 22OlosundeBooked at 90mins
  • 16Lindsay
  • 26BarlaserSubstituted forLadapoat 83'minutes
  • 8Wiles
  • 19Harding
  • 25CrooksBooked at 81mins
  • 24SmithSubstituted forHirstat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Johansson
  • 2Jones
  • 4MacDonald
  • 5Thompson
  • 9Hirst
  • 10Ladapo
  • 15Robertson
  • 18Clarke
  • 23Tilt

Stoke

Formation 3-5-2

  • 32Bursik
  • 37Collins
  • 36Souttar
  • 6Batth
  • 49MatondoSubstituted forClarkeat 74'minutes
  • 24CousinsSubstituted forAllenat 66'minutes
  • 13Obi
  • 34ThompsonSubstituted forMcCleanat 73'minutes
  • 46Norrington-Davies
  • 18BrownSubstituted forFletcherat 66'minutes
  • 25Powell

Substitutes

  • 4Allen
  • 5Lindsay
  • 9Vokes
  • 11McClean
  • 14Smith
  • 16Davies
  • 21Fletcher
  • 22Clucas
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
Matt Donohue

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 3, Stoke City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Stoke City 3.

  3. Post update

    Nick Powell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Clark Robertson (Rotherham United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Freddie Ladapo.

  6. Booking

    Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. George Hirst replaces Michael Smith.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Norrington-Davies (Stoke City).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

  12. Post update

    Nick Powell (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Wes Harding (Rotherham United).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Freddie Ladapo replaces Daniel Barlaser.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Nick Powell (Stoke City).

  16. Post update

    Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Harry Souttar (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Clarke with a cross.

  18. Booking

    Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John Obi Mikel (Stoke City).

  20. Post update

    Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich24155433211250
2Swansea24137429131646
3Watford24127528171143
4Reading2413473728943
5Bournemouth25119538211742
6Brentford22118336211541
7Stoke2591063026437
8Middlesbrough2310672819936
9Bristol City2311392524136
10Barnsley25104112732-534
11Blackburn2496939281133
12Luton249692126-533
13Preston24102123033-332
14Huddersfield2494112834-631
15Cardiff2385103027329
16Millwall2351172024-426
17Birmingham2468101829-1126
18Coventry2468102234-1226
19Nottm Forest2467111927-825
20QPR235992230-824
21Derby2457121525-1022
22Rotherham2255122332-920
23Sheff Wed2367101523-819
24Wycombe2336141635-1915
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