Date: 9th April 2016 at 9:30pm
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The Manager of the Month curse was put to rest as Rotherham United came away with all three points from Stadium:MK after a four-nil win over the Dons this afternoon.

The game began in pouring rain but the Millers made the best possible start after the Millers defended a corner well the ball broke for Grant Ward who raced down the pitch getting the ball to Matt Derbyshire who saw his first shot at goal saved by Cody Cropper in the hosts goal but the ball came back to him and he smashed it into the roof of the net to give the visitors the lead on fifty-four seconds. MK Dons responded well and a shot from former Miller Alex Revell, who had got a round of applause at the start of the game from the Millers following, was well saved by Rotherham ‘keeper Lee Camp and a shot from Dean Bowditch went well wide of goal. Camp had to be on his toes again a few minutes later getting to a dangerous looking cross from Josh Murphy. Under pressure from Leon Best Cropper slips on the wet surface but manages to clear the ball before a good stop from skipper Kirk Broadfoot at the other end stopped a cross into the box from Bowditch finding a white shirted player. With the Millers getting further and further upfield as the half went on the second goal came after Cropper took out Richard Wood in the area and Best scored from the resulting penalty. And it should have been three just before the half-hour mark when Derbyshire stole possession and when his shot was saved by Cropper it fell to Best who also saw Cropper save his shot. From this action the next time we saw Derbyshire was two minutes later when he`d sprinted back to tackle Bowditch in his own area. At the other end Camp did well to push a shot which deflected off a Millers defender over the crossbar with the resulting corner being a good one which Camp was first too. Broadfoot had to be alert a few minutes later to head a dangerous looking cross clear Stephen Kelly and Wood between them managed to get a Jake Forster-Caskey shot away. As Josh Murphy hit a cross into the penalty area which went wide of Lee Camp`s goal, Lee Frecklington fell to the ground holding his lower leg and after a couple of minutes treatment has to be replaced by Joe Newell. In a race to the box Murphy gets the better of Kelly and his cross falls to Revell who can only hit it into the side netting before Grant Ward stole the ball off Dean Lewington only to see Cropper manage to get down low to save his strike.

The Dons came out quickly for the second half and after some good work from Dean Bowditch a shot from Josh Murphy is well blocked by Stephen Kelly before another shot moments later by Murphy was cleared by Greg Halford. Five minutes into the half and the visitors should have gone further in front when a super cross from Matt Derbyshire finds the feet of Grant Ward but the Spurs loanee got himself into a muddle and lost the ball. On fifty-four minutes Dean Lewington fouled Grant Ward and a fantastic free-kick from Joe Newell found the head of Kirk Broadfoot who put the ball into the back of the net sending the three thousand visiting fans wild. Unfortunately as he ran to celebrate with the Millers fans he received the first yellow card of the day from referee Iain Williamson for ‘excessive celebration`. Danny Ward replaced Leon Best and a couple of minutes later both Richie Smallwood and Stephen Kelly got yellow`s for stopping Josh Murphy. Rotherham should have gone further into the lead when some super work from Derbyshire saw him put the ball across the face of goal which just failed to find the toe of Danny Ward and after a lovely cross from Kelly found Smallwood`s head he really should have done better. A low cross from Joe Mattock found Danny Ward but he put the ball into the side netting before a Newell free-kick ended back with him and his vicious shot towards goal was stopped by Antony Kay who might well have a headache in the morning. The hosts had a chance but Jonathan Williams put his shot wide before Derbyshire had a run at goal only to see his shot saved after a deflection. The Dons made a double substitution with Dean Bowditch and Jonathan Williams being replaced by Carl Baker and Samir Carruthers. Carruthers is soon in the game and wins a free-kick after being clipped by Newell which Jake Forster-Caskey took and brought off a superb save from Lee Camp with the MK Dons midfielder getting another go which hit the woodwork from some twenty-five yards outs. Danny Ward then saw yellow for what the referee said was ‘getting in way of a free-kick` which seemed a little strange as the free-kick was quickly taken while Ward had his back to it and was walking away. Kelly and Wood then did well to clear the ball away from Murphy before some good word between Greg Halford and Newell saw the latter well tackled as he got into the box. Nicky Maynard came on for the hosts replacing Antony Kay with the Millers standing to applaud Derbyshire as he made way for Jerome Thomas. The Millers put the icing on the cake with ten minutes to go when Smallwood picked up a ball twenty yards out and whether it was quite how he meant it we will probably never know but he looped the ball past Cropper and into the top corner of the net. Alex Revell should have got a consolation for the home side in the final five minutes but couldn`t keep his header down before down the other end Cropper made a good save from Danny Ward. A poor challenge on Grant Ward by Joe Walsh saw the MK Dons player get a yellow. Smallwood tried to get a header on target from a Kelly cross but fails before Halford did well at the other end to get to a Revell headed ball before it fell to Carruthers with Thomas and Wood both making good tackles to stop the Dons getting a consolation.

A great away victory for Rotherham and what a treat for the travelling fans to see their team score four goals away from home.

It was barmy at the end with the fans singing and shouting in the stands and the players hugging one another and the manager on the pitch. Both Lee Camp and Neil Warnock got the ‘ooooohhhhhhh` from the Millers fans as they both did the fist clenched victory run at goal while every player was applauded for their effort.

The victory leaves the Millers nine points above MK Dons who are in last place of the relegation spots in a weekend that sees Bolton Wanderers relegated to League One.

 
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