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Rotherham United v Derby County
Rotherham United v Derby County
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Rotherham United signed out of the Championship after three years with a 1-1 last-day draw at home to Derby County.

The Millers were relegated more than a month ago, but looked to be on their way to only their sixth win of the season as they led in the second half through captain Lee Frecklington.

But Frecklington conceded a penalty seven minutes from time and Tom Ince restored parity.

Rotherham ended their campaign on a reasonable run, winning one and drawing three of their six matches since Paul Warne became permanent manager, and they avoided equalling the Football League record of 34 defeats in a single season.

In an uneventful first half, Millers goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell was equal to the only serious effort on goal, beating away Ince's fierce 40th-minute shot.

There was more urgency after the break. Tom Adeyemi's shot from distance was stopped by Scott Carson who was also in the right place when Richard Wood flicked a header towards goal while at the other end Bradley Johnson shot wide from an inviting position.

The Millers made the breakthrough in the 66th minute when Frecklington was at the back post to turn home Joe Mattock's left-wing cross.

Six minutes later, Adeyemi had only Carson to beat but saw his shot smothered, and the visitors took advantage of that let-off seven minutes from time when Ince converted a spot-kick given away by Frecklington's trip on Will Hughes.

O'Donnell had to be sharp in the 87th minute to keep out Nick Blackman's shot and then an Ince free-kick in stoppage time as the home side held out for a point they deserved.

Rotherham United (4-4-1-1): O'Donnell; Fisher, Ajayi, Wood, Mattock; Frecklington, Vaulks, Smallwood, Taylor (Purrington 13, Bailey-King 76); Frecklington; Clarke-Harris. Subs: Bilboe, Morris, Belaid, Bray, Yates.
Derby County (4-1-2-3): Carson; Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson; Butterfield; Bryson (Hughes H-T), Johnson; Ince, Nugent (Blackman 78), Russell (Bent 56). Subs not used: Mitchell, Christie, Anya, Vydra.
Goals: Frecklington 66 (Rotherham); Ince pen 83 (Derby).
Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).
Attendance: 10,763 (2,595).

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