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Rotherham United v Blackburn Rovers

Rotherham United v Blackburn Rovers

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A goal five minutes from time cost Rotherham United their fourth win under caretaker manager Paul Warne in their home Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers.

The second tier's bottom club were leading through Jon Taylor's 47th-minute goal but paid the price for failing to make their second-half pressure count when they conceded an 85th-minute own goal.

Stephen Kelly unwittingly bundled the ball into his own net from a corner as Rovers' comeback produced the first draw of Warne's interim reign.

Danny Ward, Joe Newell and Tom Adeyemi all had chances to add to Taylor's low strike from the right but couldn't convert before the visitors struck.

In poor first half, chances and quality were scarce in equal measure.

Stephen Kelly drove forward and shot just wide for the home side after 11 minutes and Danny Graham responded for the visitors with an effort which whistled past the left-hand post two minutes later.

When Millers midfielder Richie Smallwood lifted his 26th-minute 20-yard free-kick well over the bar, it summed up events before the break.

Sam Gallagher caught the bug in the 42 minute when he lashed the ball over the bar for Rovers from 10 yards, then Jon Taylor's effort seconds later at the other end was so wayward it went out for a throw-in.

Two minutes after Taylor's opener, Millers goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell pulled off an unbelievable save to push Charlie Mulgrew's header on to the bar.

Warne dropped Will Vaulks and Joe Mattock, midfield starters at Bristol City last week, to the bench, bringing in Tom Adeyemi, fit again after illness, and Taylor.

Left-back Ben Purrington and loan centre-half Semi Ajayi, both signed in the January transfer window, made their home debuts, while new centre-half Joel Ekstrand made the squad for the first time.

The own goal brought a disappointing end to a game Rotherham, now 14 points adrift of safety, could have won, and the Millers' frustration was compounded by suggestions O'Donnell was impeded as the equaliser was being scored.

Rotherham United (4-1-4-1): O'Donnell; Kelly, Ajayi, Wood, Purrington; Smallwood; Taylor, Adeyemi (Vaulks 77), Newell, Forde (Yates H-T); Ward. Subs not used: Bilboe, Mattock, Blackstock, Bray, Ekstrand.

Blackburn Rovers (4-4-2): Steele; Nyambe (Akpan 65), Lenihan, Mulgrew, Williams; Feeney (Mahoney 69), Lowe, Bennett, Conway (Emnes 69); Gallagher, Graham. Subs not used: Raya, Joao, Guthrie, Brown.

Goals: Taylor 47 (Rotherham), Kelly og 85 (Blackburn).

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands).

Attendance: 9,438 (1,195).

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