Result: Huddersfield Town 0 Rotherham United 2 - Millers open up nine-point safety gap

Rotherham's Matt Derbyshire (right) gets in a header as new signing Farrend Rawson collides with the defenders. Photo: Paul Wickson
Rotherham's Matt Derbyshire (right) gets in a header as new signing Farrend Rawson collides with the defenders. Photo: Paul Wickson
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A fine battling away performance brought Rotherham United three priceless points at Huddersfield Town in their fight for Championship safety.

The Millers, with two players making debuts in defence, climbed a place to 20th in the table as goals from Kari Arnason and Conor Sammon deservedly settled the Yorkshire derby at the John Smith’s Stadium in their favour.

They had midfielder and skipper Lee Frecklington sent off after a second yellow car in the 74th minute but never looked in any danger as they saw out the match with 10 men.

Left-back Daniel Lafferty and teenage centre-half Farrend Rawson both impressed in their first games in front of a big and vocal Millers following.

With Millwall and Wigan losing, Steve Evans’ men are now nine points clear of the drop zone.

It wasn’t always pretty from the visitors but it was mightily effective.

Arnason put them ahead in the 44th minute, poking home after brilliant work from Jack Hunt against his old club, and Sammon drilled in the second on the hour mark after fine work from Arnason, playing in midfield rather than in his usual centre-half berth.

Huddersfield (4-5-1): Smithies; Smith, Hudson, Lynch (Wallace 80), Robinson; Lolley (Miller 58), Hogg (Majewksi 59), Coady, Butterfield, Scannell; Vaughan. Subs: Murphy, Edgar, Miller, Carroll, Gobern.

Rotherham (4-5-1): Collin; Hunt, Rawson, Broadfoot, Lafferty; Sammon (Richardson 90+3), Frecklington, Arnason, Smallwood, Pringle (MIlsom 79); Derbyshire (Bowery 82). Subs: Thompson, Newton, Fryers, Clarke-Harris.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).