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Warne delighted to watch Rotherham grind out victory against Accrington

16/11/2019

Rotherham boss Paul Warne praised his side for winning ugly in their 1-0 triumph against Accrington.​Carlton Morris bagged the winner with half an hour played to move Rotherham up to sixth in Sky Bet League One.​​The on-loan Norwich striker rose above the Accrington defence from Ben Wiles’ free-kick and planted his header firmly into the bottom corner before the hosts held onto victory following Chiedozie Ogbene’s dismissal with eight minutes remaining.​Warne feels there is more to come from his team.​​“I think we will play a lot better than that and lose, so I’m not complaining. In the first half we were good and caused them problems,” Warne said.​“Carlton took his goal really well. It was a good header. We just needed the second goal really. In the second half they put us under pressure.​​“It felt a bit edgy, but at the end of the season those three points will mean the same as a 3-0 win.​​“To go down to 10 men showed a lot of character and I thought the fans got behind the team. They helped the lads out. In a perverted sort of way, it helped us.​​“It’s nice to win and going up to sixth position is good. I still think there’s a lot to come from the team.​“People always tell me it’s a sign of a good team if you win when you’re not at your best.​ It’s all about winning.​“Accrington made it difficult for us. We knew it was going to be tough and if you had offered me 1-0 before the game I would have taken it.”​Stanley manager John Coleman said: “We had 14 shots and only one on target. ​​“It wasn’t really a good shot on target, to be honest, just a scramble on the goal-line which gets cleared. Unfortunately that is the reason we are in the position that we are.​​“We are more than matching teams. Rotherham started strong but we held them at bay. We conceded a poor goal from a set-play.​​“They have rarely troubled us second half but I think we had 10 shots in the second half and missed the target. Three beat the keeper hands down but were inches wide.​​“We haven’t scored a goal in five games and that is killing us. We have played better than what our position suggests but that is what is plaguing us at the minute. An inability to hit the target.​​“I thought the lads battled hard today. There were lots of enforced changes and I thought the lads who came in acquitted themselves really well. ​​“Rotherham are always going to be a strong side here but there was nothing in the game.”

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Ten-man Rotherham hold off Accrington to move into top six of League One

16/11/2019

Rotherham moved into the play-off spots thanks to a 1-0 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.

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Wycombe boss Ainsworth: This is a squad that can achieve

26/10/2019

Gareth Ainsworth is taking great heart from Wycombe’s performances against Sky Bet League One’s big guns following their 1-0 triumph at Rotherham.​Ainsworth’s underdogs moved up to second thanks to Scott Kashket’s fifth-minute winner.​​The goal came through indecision in Rotherham’s back-line and Kashket nipped in to fire past the out-of-position and retreating goalkeeper Daniel Iversen.​​Rotherham failed to create any major openings, with manager Paul Warne feeling they were too “one dimensional”.​​Warne said: “It was very disappointing. For whatever reason, and we have to look at it, we didn’t perform anywhere near our level. The lads felt a few of them under-performed. Our home form is going to have to pick up.​​“If we are to have a successful season we’re going to have to get back-to-back results. Our performance was a bit predictable. It felt like we were a little bit one dimensional and a few of the lads looked really jaded. Maybe I should have made more changes.​​“Wycombe played really well. After we go a goal down we get collectively frustrated. I don’t know why we under-performed but I have some thoughts.​​“At the moment it’s not clicking as well as we would like.​​“We might have to look at doing something different. I feel sorry for the fans because our away form has been excellent. I apologise for that.​​“I’m disappointed, as are the players. We just weren’t at our best.”​​Ainsworth has been encouraged by Wycombe’s performances against Rotherham, Blackpool and Sunderland from whom they have picked up a combined seven points.​​He said: “To get seven out of nine from those three games is something special. It starts telling me that this is a squad that can achieve. We can go to places and put our stamp on a game.​​“We don’t have to rely on luck or anything else. I was really proud of the boys.​​“We wanted to try and exploit the space in behind Rotherham’s big two centre-halves and that paid dividends with the goal.​​“It was a resolute defensive performance. They are a big, big side and they were pumping balls into the box.​​“The back five were absolutely immense, as were the six in front of them. I thought they were outstanding. The fans helped to see the result home.​​“It’s a result we deserved. I don’t think they had a shot on target but they’re obviously going to beat some teams here.​​“It’s an amazing performance and a great win.”

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Scott Kashket’s early strike enough for Wycombe

26/10/2019

Wycombe moved up to second in Sky Bet League One with a clinical 1-0 win at Rotherham.​In a game of few chances, it was the visitors who took their golden one to claim three points.​It came in the fifth minute, with Scott Kashket capitalising on a mix-up between Rotherham’s defence and goalkeeper and smashing the ball into the bottom corner past the out-of-position Daniel Iversen.​​Michael Smith had the best chance to level before the break but he did not get enough contact on his header from Chiedozie Ogbene’s cross.​​Rotherham reshuffled in the second half in an attempt to get back into the game but remained largely ineffective against a well-organised Wanderers side.​​Kashket saw a sweetly-struck volley acrobatically tipped away by Iversen.​​Adebayo Akinfenwa was brought on by the visitors for the closing stages and he helped to run down the clock through five minutes of time added on.

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Robinson praises players after Oxford earn victory at Rotherham

19/10/2019

Oxford manager Karl Robinson praised his team for showing a different side of their game as they defeated Rotherham 2-1.​The victory, secured by goals from Tariqe Fosu and Matty Taylor, ensured it is seven games unbeaten in Sky Bet League One for the upwardly mobile United who now occupy a play-off spot.​​Rotherham got on terms before the break with Michael Ihiekwe bravely finishing off a move he started from central defence.​​But Fosu and Taylor combined in the second half with the latter heading beyond goalkeeper Daniel Iversen deftly for the winner.​​Oxford manager Robinson said: “I thought we were excellent and it could have been more.​ We could have put the game to bed well and truly. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.​​“I am really proud of my team but it means nothing. It’s just another three points.​​“This is a very difficult place to come and play. It’s like the Alamo. It doesn’t matter how much control you have over the game, you know it’s only one slip up or error and you know where the football’s going to go.​​“We knew in the first 15 minutes that they would stifle what our style is. We have got some fantastic footballers and men who have shown a different side to them.​​“We are not where we should be yet but I think that’s a massive step in the direction of what I expect.​​“I wish I had all my players fit. I have got more injuries to key players than most right now but we keep on marching on together.”​​Rotherham manager Paul Warne expected better from his side but feels Oxford will be challenging for promotion.​​Warne said: “I thought it was two very good teams. The first half was quite equal.​​“I honestly thought in the second half we would go out and win but they kept their attacks going better than we did. In the final third the cross or the set-piece wasn’t right.​​“I just didn’t feel like we were fluent with the ball. Overall I am disappointed that we lost but we have lost to a very good team. Full respect to Karl, I thought his team were excellent.​​“The disappointing thing for me was to concede their second goal. Their first goal was a screamer. But for us to concede a headed goal off the smallest player on the pitch is a bit tougher.​​“They’re in the biggest form in the league and they have threats all over the pitch and you could see they’re a good team. They just had a little bit more than we did in the final third.”

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Oxford keep unbeaten run going with victory at Rotherham

19/10/2019

Oxford made it seven Sky Bet League One games unbeaten as they claimed a 2-1 win at Rotherham.​Oxford took the lead in the 23rd minute out of nothing with Tariqe Fosu collecting the ball on the edge of the box and driving a powerful shot beyond the reach of Daniel Iversen.​​Rotherham’s response saw them unsuccessfully appealing for a penalty with Chris Cadden’s block from Jake Hastie’s goal-bound effort striking his own arm.​​The Millers levelled in the 35th minute with Michael Ihiekwe finishing off a move which he started from central defence.​​The defender’s marauding run resulted in a cross coming in from Michael Smith and Ihiekwe was in position to bravely nod past Simon Eastwood.​​Oxford retook the lead in the 57th minute with Fosu expertly finding Matty Taylor who guided his header beyond the reach of Iversen.​​The visitors had opportunities to stretch their lead with John Mousinho’s effort being deflected just over and Fosu striking the post in added time.​

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