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Rotherham 0-1 Coventry: Leo Ostigard header gives Sky Blues massive win

By Ian WoodcockBBC Sport
Leo Ostigard
Brighton loanee Leo Ostigard headed home the winner for his second goal in three games

Coventry City climbed six points clear of the Championship relegation zone with a vital win at fellow strugglers Rotherham.

Millers goalkeeper Viktor Johansson made superb saves to deny Liam Kelly and Tyler Walker, while home midfielder Lewis Wing smashed a shot against the post in an entertaining first half.

The Sky Blues took the lead when Leo Ostigard powered in a header that took a deflection on its way past Johansson.

Rotherham, who were playing their second game in 48 hours, could not really create anything in response and they are now four points behind 21st-placed Derby.

They have two games in hand on the Rams and that will be three by the time they host Birmingham on Sunday in what will be their fourth game in nine days.

However, boss Paul Warne will need to pick his players up after a night where they were second best for much of the game and failed to force visiting goalkeeper Ben Wilson into a save.

Norwegian defender Ostigard won it in the 70th minute when he met Matty James's chipped free-kick into the area and his downward header beat Johansson after taking a slight nick off Millers defender Wes Harding.

In truth Coventry, who picked up just their second away win of the season, should have gone in front long before they did. Johansson's second-minute save from Kelly's dipping 20-yard volley was stunning and his reaction stop to keep out Walker's header was also impressive.

Either side of those stops from the Leicester loanee, Matty Godden shot over after Johansson's initial save from a Callum O'Hare effort fell to him 10 yards out as Coventry put in a performance that belied the significance of the game.

Wing's thumping effort that came back off the post was a rare bright moment for the hosts, who competed well but lacked a cutting edge.

Mark Robins' men, who are now up to 18th, host sixth-placed Barnsley on Sunday, while the Millers could potentially be seven points from safety by the time they kick off against Blues on the same day.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne:

"I think we got what we deserved. Coventry were significantly better than us on the night.

"They started the game on the front foot and outfought us which I don't like to say. Viktor kept us in the game.

"We looked a bit jaded. I can have no complaints on the scoreline. We will try and pick them up and go again Sunday but it was a blow.

"We have to play these games. It's just unfortunate for us with the order they go in. I would have loved to have played this game with more rest."

Coventry boss Mark Robins:

"I think that is our best away performance of the season. It is really encouraging.

"To stand up against the physical threat Rotherham have and keep them to very little in terms of opportunities in front of your goal is different class.

"It was a great start to the game. Their keeper has made three worldies. I thought Matty James was absolutely magnificent. He ran it for us.

"It gives us a boost. It's huge and it gives us confidence. The level of performance was up there."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Johansson
  • 20IhiekweSubstituted forSadlierat 88'minutes
  • 6WoodBooked at 90mins
  • 21MacDonald
  • 22OlosundeSubstituted forGilesat 60'minutes
  • 16LindsaySubstituted forOgbeneat 77'minutes
  • 5WingBooked at 46mins
  • 8WilesBooked at 56minsSubstituted forLadapoat 60'minutes
  • 19HardingSubstituted forRobertsonat 77'minutes
  • 25Crooks
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 4MacDonald
  • 9Hirst
  • 10Ladapo
  • 11Ogbene
  • 15Robertson
  • 17Sadlier
  • 26Barlaser
  • 27Blackman
  • 30Giles

Coventry

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 13Wilson
  • 2Østigard
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 29Da Costa
  • 6Kelly
  • 25James
  • 21McCallum
  • 11O'HareSubstituted forHamerat 77'minutes
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forGyökeresat 72'minutes
  • 19WalkerSubstituted forBiamouat 72'minutesBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 1Marosi
  • 4Rose
  • 8Allen
  • 9Biamou
  • 12Gyökeres
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 26Shipley
  • 28Eccles
  • 38Hamer
Referee:
Jarred Gillett

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home4
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Coventry City 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Offside, Coventry City. Kyle McFadzean tries a through ball, but Viktor Gyökeres is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Lewis Wing (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City).

  6. Booking

    Richard Wood (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

  8. Post update

    Dominic Hyam (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Matt Crooks (Rotherham United).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Coventry City. Dominic Hyam tries a through ball, but Maxime Biamou is caught offside.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Kieran Sadlier replaces Michael Ihiekwe.

  12. Post update

    Angus MacDonald (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gustavo Hamer (Coventry City).

  14. Booking

    Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Maxime Biamou (Coventry City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam McCallum.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Viktor Johansson.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich41279565283790
2Watford412410759273282
3Swansea412291050311975
4Brentford402013771403173
5Bournemouth4120111066402671
6Barnsley412181254441071
7Reading411991356451166
8Cardiff4116111457451259
9Millwall411416114140158
10Middlesbrough41169164845357
11QPR411511154850-256
12Stoke411413144546-155
13Luton40158173546-1153
14Bristol City41155214055-1550
15Nottm Forest411213163439-549
16Preston41146214155-1448
17Blackburn411211185247547
18Coventry411112183756-1945
19Birmingham411112183150-1945
20Huddersfield411111194362-1944
21Derby411110203046-1643
22Rotherham39116224153-1239
23Sheff Wed41118223454-2035
24Wycombe4189243064-3433
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