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Championship: Blackburn 2-1 Rotherham

Blackburn kept up their chase for a play-off place as Jordan Rhodes’s late goal secured victory over Rotherham.

Midfielder Craig Conway gave Rovers the lead with a superb curling effort from 20 yards.

Rotherham were dominant after the break and deservedly drew level when Matt Derbyshire poked home Paul Green’s low cross.

But Blackburn snatched victory when Rhodes stabbed home a loose ball after poor defending from the Millers.

The winner came two minutes after the hosts had hit the post through Rudy Gestede.

Rotherham still had time to find an equaliser but Green put a free header wide when presented with a golden chance.

Blackburn remain ninth, ten points behind the final play-off position, occupied by sixth-placed Brentford.

Rotherham drop to 19th, just three points above the relegation zone.

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Championship: Rotherham 2-0 Ipswich

Conor Sammon scored against his former club to help Rotherham to a surprise win over promotion hopefuls Ipswich.

The striker, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Portman Road, lashed home from close range after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

Matt Derbyshire’s earlier header put the Millers ahead as he stooped at the far post following a defensive lapse.

Rotherham goalkeeper Adam Collin made several saves, including a fingertip stop from Luke Chambers’ header.

The three points for Steve Evans’s men was just their second victory at the New York Stadium since mid-October, while Ipswich have now won once in their last six league games and drop to fifth in the table.

Daryl Murphy, the Championship’s leading scorer with 18 goals, spurned a glorious opportunity to put the visitors ahead after just 16 seconds when he burst into the box after outmuscling Millers captain Craig Morgan, but his weak effort was saved easily by the legs of Collin.

After such a bright opening, the game quietened down before the hosts opened the scoring through former Olympiacos forward Derbyshire.

Ben Pringle’s deep free-kick evaded every Ipswich player, Morgan flicked the ball on and it found its way to Derbyshire, who bravely dived in to nod home.

The visitors began the second half brightly and almost equalised when Cole Skuse’s pin-point free-kick found the head of Chambers, but his powerful header was superbly tipped over by Collin.

Shortly after Murphy’s header was cleared off the line by Zeki Fryers, the hosts went down the other end and doubled their advantage throughDerby loanee Sammon.

Pringle’s corner was not cleared by the Tractor Boys’ defence, the ball broke to Sammon and he lashed it past Polish keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

The second goal seemed to deflate Mick McCarthy’s side as they pushed forward but failed to create any clear-cut opportunities before Millers substitute Jordan Bowery almost made it 3-0 in stoppage time, when he raced through on goal but his attempt was kept out by Bialkowski.

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Championship: Rotherham 4-2 Bolton

Rotherham produced a terrific first-half display against Bolton to set up their second league win in 15 matches.

Ben Pringle volleyed Conor Newton’s cross home before Conor Sammon netted his first Rotherham goal on 22 minutes.

Matt Derbyshire set up Sammon’s tap-in and Paul Green’s glancing header, before Derbyshire smashed in the Millers’ fourth after the interval.

Liam Trotter and Matt Mills reduced the arrears, but Rotherham moved five points clear of the relegation zone.

Bolton, on 33 points, are only four points better off than the hosts but went into this game on a run of only one defeat in their last 11 league games.

Their form since Neil Lennon took charge in October has been in stark contrast to their early season results. but a horror opening period left the visitors with too much to do, despite a late rally.

Pringle was on hand at the back post to turn home a delivery from Newton – making his first start for Steve Evans’s side since his move from Newcastle last summer – and though Bolton rallied, Eidur Gudjohnsen was denied the chance to level by Richie Smallwood’s sliding tackle.

Derbyshire was the game’s stand-out player and his effort – saved by Andy Lonergan – left on-loan Derby forward Sammon with an easy goal.

Sammon had only managed one goal in 19 league appearances while on loan at Ipswich earlier in the campaign, but gave his new side a platform to go on and secure their sixth win of the season.

Green’s header put the home side 3-0 up by the break and Derbyshire all but ended the contest on 57 minutes after he glided unopposed through the Bolton midfield to blast his second goal of the season into the top corner.

Trotter struck a consolation with 13 minutes left when he latched onto a knockdown from Mills, who bundled in a header two minutes later to add some respectability to the scoreline.

However, no late surge arrived as Rotherham made sure of their first home win in nine matches.

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