Rotherham 1 Blackburn 1: The match digest

Rotherham were held to a draw in the Sky Bet Championship as it ended 1-1 against fellow strugglers Blackburn. Here’s how things panned out at New York Stadium.

Story of the game

Stephen Kelly’s own goal four minutes from time denied Rotherham a rare victory.

After a dire first half, where the struggling visitors missed a number of chances, the Millers improved immeasurably after the break and looked to have won it through Jon Taylor’s 47th-minute goal.

The club’s record signing drilled in under Jason Steele for his third goal of the season.

The Millers had chances to make the game safe but failed to make them count and then were stung in the 86th minute when Kelly turned a corner into his own net.

Key moment

After Jon Taylor’s early second goal it looked like the Millers were going to hang on for a win until Stephen Kelly’s unfortunate moment in his own six-yard box.

Key man

Returning to the side after illness Tom Adeyemi was the driving force for the Millers in midfield, with his dynamic energy proving a threat throughout.

Stat of the day

Jon Taylor’s goal moments into the second half ended a 442-minute drought.

The opposition

Rotherham are almost certain to be in League One next season and on this evidence Blackburn will be there with them. After not getting a goal their first-half domination deserved, they capitulated and were on the ropes. The fans were chanting against their owners and the manager Owen Coyle and they look a club in disarray, though their late rally suggests there is spirit in the camp.

The line-up

Rotherham (4-4-1-1): O’Donnell; Kelly, Ajayi, Wood, Purrington; Forde (Yates 46), Smallwood, Adeyemi (Vaulks), Taylor; Newell; Ward

Subs not used: Bilboe, Mattock, Blackstock, Bray, Ekstrand.

Attendance: 9,438

Referee: Oliver Langford

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