FULL TIME: Rotherham United 2, Blackburn Rovers 0

Karl Arnason is mobbed after putting Rotherham in front -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Karl Arnason is mobbed after putting Rotherham in front -Pic by: Richard Parkes
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A freak goal from Luciano Becchio, and an early strike from Kari Arnason, gave Rotherham a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers at the New York Stadium this evening.

Ben Pringle harried Ryan Tunnicliffe into a back-pass to Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele, and Steele’s attempted clearance hit Becchio and rebounded into his net.

Earlier, Arnason had given Rotherham United the lead, when the Icelandic international finished well on the turn with an effort just creeping inside Steele’s post.

Striker Becchio was brought back into the Millers side to face the free-scoring Rovers, after being on the bench at Ipswich at the weekend, as the Millers sought their first win in six Championship matches.

Evans decided Kirk Broadfoot had done enough against Town to keep his place at centre-half - but he was forced off early on with an injury and replaced by Craig Morgan, available again after serving a one-match ban.

Both sides exchanged good chances in the second half, with Alex Revell twice going close to extending the home side’s advantage in front of 9,525 fans at the New York.

Goalkeeper Scott Loach was back among the substitutes after two starts as manager Steve Evans opted to recall Adam Collin.

Paul Taylor, unable to play against his parent at Portman Road under the terms of his loan deal, started, with Jordan Bowery making way.

Rovers, managed by Millers old boy Gary Bowyer, had Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede in attack, while former Sheffield Wednesday winger Ben Marshall was also named in their side.

The visitors have scored in every match this season and both of their strikers are attracting interest from the Premier League.

Rotherham United: Collin, Richardson, Broadfoot, Arnason, Skarz, Taylor, Frecklington, Green, Pringle, Revell, Becchio. Subs: Loach, Hall, Bowery, Morgan, Derbyshire, Wordsworth, Clarke-Harris.

Blackburn Rovers: Steele, Hanley, Rhodes, Marshall, Olsson, Taylor, Duffy, Tunnicliffe, Evans, Conway, Gestede. Subs: Eastwood, Henley, Kilgallon, King, Varney, Williamson, Songo’o.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).