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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Smith (22')
  • Joe Newell (57')

Rotherham extend unbeaten run with win over Bradford

Rotherham climbed into the Sky Bet League One play-offs after beating Bradford 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run to nine games.
The Millers have been in fine form and saw off their Yorkshire rivals thanks to a goal in either half from Michael Smith and Joe Newell.
Smith, on his first Millers start, opened the scoring when he made amends for an earlier miss by heading home Anthony Forde's wicked free-kick in the 22nd minute.
Bradford were not without their opportunities to level and Jon Taylor drilled over from the edge of the box while Timothee Dieng curled wide from a similar position.
The Bantams, who have now lost their last four games in all competitions, again went close after the break when Taylor tested Marek Rodak with a swerving effort.
But the Millers doubled their advantage in the 57th minute when Newell showed composure to fire in a rebound after Smith's header was palmed away by Rouven Sattelmaier.
That knocked the wind out of Bradford's sails as the hosts staged an onslaught that was without reward.
Richard Wood headed wide from a golden position, Forde could not direct his effort while Will Vaulks fired just over, but the job was already done.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 11 +16 27
2 Wycombe Wanderers 12 +8 23
3 Peterborough United 12 +13 21
4 Bristol Rovers 12 +3 21
5 Fleetwood Town 11 +6 20
6 Blackpool 13 +2 20
7 Coventry City 12 +1 20
8 Oxford United 13 +10 19
9 Sunderland 11 +2 19
10 Rotherham United 11 +8 18
11 Doncaster Rovers 11 0 16
12 Lincoln City 13 -2 16
13 Shrewsbury Town 11 -3 16
14 Burton Albion 10 +5 15
15 Gillingham 12 +3 14
16 Portsmouth 10 +1 13
17 Rochdale 12 -7 13
18 Tranmere Rovers 12 -5 12
19 Milton Keynes Dons 12 -7 12
20 Accrington Stanley 12 -6 11
21 AFC Wimbledon 13 -6 9
22 Southend United 12 -19 4
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 -23 -8