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Ipswich Town v Rotherham United
Ipswich Town v Rotherham United
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Battling Rotherham United avoided all kinds of unwanted records as they drew at Ipswich Town in new manager Kenny Jackett's second game in charge but there was heartache as a last-gasp goal denied them the victory they deserved.

The Championship Millers ended a run of seven successive defeats, outhustling their opponents in a performance full of organisation and desire, with a Danny Ward double capping their efforts.

Rotherham score through Danny Ward in the first half

Rotherham score through Danny Ward in the first half

But David McGoldrick hit a long-range stunner with less than 10 seconds of time added on remaining to salvage a point Ipswich simply didn't deserve.

Had they lost, Rotherham would have set a new high for the number of straight defeats in a season and would also have made their worst ever losing away start to a campaign.

Instead, they got their survival campaign under Jackett up and running.

Rotherham got off to the worst possible beginning but hit back in the best possible fashion.

Only three minutes had gone when Tom Lawrence sent in a low free-kick from the right and Freddie Sears nipped in at the near post to put Ipswich in front.

However, the Millers were level only four minutes later when Jon Taylor headed the ball into the danger area after a corner and Danny Ward was on hand close in to volley home his seventh goal of the season.

The visitors look a more resolute side already under new boss Kenny Jackett and there were no other really clear-cut chances before the break as they pressed well and didn't give Town time to play.

The first half may have started badly for Rotherham, but they opened the second in perfect fashion, Ward volleying home for the second time in the game, in the 47th minute, this time direct from Will Vaulks' long throw.

And they dug in in the face of Ipswich pressure, showing unbelievable workrate to restrict the home side to nothing more than speculative efforts from distance until McGoldrick struck.

New Millers striker signing Peter Odemwingie started the afternoon on the bench and made a late cameo as an 80th-minute replacement for Jon Taylor

Captain Lee Frecklington was ruled out with an ankle injury, so Jackett was forced to make one change to the side beaten 1-0 by Reading in his first match in charge last week, with Vaulks replacing Frecklington in central midfield.

The home fans had turned on their side by the end as the Millers just failed to hold on for the win their display merited.

Ipswich Town (4-4-2): Bialkowski; Chambers, Berra, Webster, Kenlock (Varney 83); Ward (Best 65), Bishop (Williams 65), Skuse, Lawrence; Sears, McGoldrick. Subs not used: Gerken, Bru, Grant, Emmanuel.

Rotherham United (4-4-2): Camp; Fisher, Fry, Wood, Mattock; Taylor (Odemwingie 80), Vaulks, Halford (Ball 35), Newell; Ward, Blackstock. Subs not used: Price, Kelly, Brown, Forde, Forster-Caskey.

Goals: Sears 3, McGoldrick 90+4 (Ipswich); Ward 7, 47 (Rotherham).

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire).

Attendance: 15,247 (205).

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