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Championship: Rotherham 0-1 Birmingham

Birmingham climbed out of the bottom three with Clayton Donaldson’s strike sealing victory over Rotherham, who drop into the relegation zone.

Andrew Shinnie hit the post with a curling effort from the edge of the area for Birmingham as did David Cotterill with a thunderous effort.

Birmingham took the lead after Donaldson tucked home on the rebound.

The home side should have levelled but Paul Green disappointedly dragged his shot wide from 10 yards.

Shinnie was inches away from giving Blues the lead, when he dodged a tackle before striking a post with a curling effort.

Birmingham continued to look dangerous as Donaldson held off Craig Morgan to produce another save from Collin before Demarai Gray tested the home keeper from distance.

Adam Collin then had to be alert to deny David Cotterill from a free-kick.

Birmingham were denied by the woodwork again before half-time after Cotterill’s thunderous effort ricocheted off the bar and away to safety.

Johnson Clarke-Harris and Paul Taylor then had efforts on goal for Rotherham as the half finished with end-to-end action.

Substitute Emmanuel Ledesma’s first involvement was to pick out Clarke-Harris, who could only direct his header straight at Birmingham keeper Darren Randolph.

But Birmingham took the lead after 62 minutes when Donaldson finally finished off the best chance of the match.

Put through by Shinnie, Donaldson was first denied by a wonderful save by Collin, but the ball fell kindly back to the striker and he powered a shot beyond the keeper and the recovering defenders.

The home side should have levelled when a free-kick was only half cleared and the ball fell kindly to substitute Green but he failed to hit the target.

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Championship: Sheff Wed 0-0 Rotherham

Sheffield Wednesday’s search for a second home win of the season goes on after they were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Rotherham.

The Owls, winless in nine, have gone over 400 minutes without a home goal.

Jeremy Helan and Stevie May both went close for the hosts who nearly went ahead when Millers keeper Adam Collin nearly sliced Kirk Broadfoot’s backpass into his own goal.

Paul Green headed the visiting side’s best chance wide.

tuart Gray’s side, who were sixth after their last win over Reading on 20 September, had the first chance of the game but Gary Taylor-Fletcher flicked Helan’s cross just past the post.

The Millers should have taken the lead when Ben Pringle’s corner found Green unmarked but the Republic of Ireland international headed wide.

The hosts nearly broke their home duck in bizarre circumstances when Atdhe Nuhiu pressurised Broadfoot into over-hitting his backpass to Collin who saw his sliced clearance go just wide.

Frazer Richardson and Paul Taylor both went close for the visitors before Helan and Glenn Loovens had chances for the hosts.

The home crowd cried for a penalty when Kieran Lee appeared to be felled in the area by Broadfoot but they had to settle for a point that sees them move up to 13th.

The draw stretches Rotherham’s winless run to five.

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Championship: Derby 1-0 Rotherham

Jeff Hendrick scored the only goal with nine minutes remaining to give Derby victory over Rotherham.

Steve Evans’ newly-promoted Millers gave an excellent account of themselves.

And they almost snatched a point in the last minute when Craig Forsyth cleared a Kieran Agard shot off the line.

But Hendrick’s effort proved to be enough as he turned home Cyrus Christie’s cross.

Derby boss Steve McClaren¬†kept faith with eight of the players who started last season’s Championship play-off final.

His team made a bright start, too, forcing a Rotherham side containing three new boys of their own – Paul Green, Matt Derbyshire and Kirk Broadfoot – on to the back foot.

The visitors did have chances but they needed excellent saves from Adam Collin to deny Simon Dawkins and Johnny Russell and keep them on level terms.

Rotherham continued to battle hard after the break, only for all their good work to be undone by Hendrick.

The 22-year-old scored five goals towards the end of last season as Derby’s promotion push intensified.

And he was in the right place to open his account for the new campaign, firing Christie’s cross high into the net.

Rotherham fought back, though. Green thought he had equalised against his former club with a firm header, only for Lee Grant to make a tremendous save.

Then, in the last seconds, Forsyth came to Derby’s rescue when he turned away Agard’s goal-bound effort.

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