ROTHERHAM United made it two wins in a row with a narrow 1-0 victory against Accrington Stanley at the Don Valley Stadium last night.
Shaun Harrad scored the only goal of the game with a first-half penalty to give the Millers three valuable points and move them to within three points of the top seven.
Manager Andy Scott kept faith with the same that saw off Southend United last Friday, meaning 15-goal top scorer Lewis Grabban once again started on the bench.
The manager’s faith in the team was duly repaid as the Millers dominated possession in the first half, and their breakthrough came just before the half-hour mark, with Harrad netting his second goal in as many games since arriving on loan from Bury.
The goal came from the penalty spot after Accrington’s Bryan Hughes clumsily brought down Mark Bradley in the box. From the resulting spot-kick. Harrad stepped up to smash the ball past Stanley’s Ian Dunbavin.
As the game wore on, the visitors worked their way into the match but as the second half progressed they could not find a way past Rhys Taylor in the Rotherham goal.
Ex-Millers defender Danny Coid went close for Stanley on two occasions whilst Hughes tried to atone for his earlier mistake, but ended up clearing the crossbar as Scott’s men held on.
Rotherham United: R Taylor; Bradley, Naylor, Mullins, Griffiths; Cadogan (Grabban 82), Harrison, J Taylor, Wood; Revell, Harrad. Subs: Warrington, Tonge, Cresswell, Schofield.
Accrington Stanley: Dunbavin; Coid (Barnett 65), Nsiala, Winnard, McIntyre; Joyce, Murphy, Hughes; Evans, Smith, Amond (Lindfield 78). Subs: Murdoch, Guthrie, Bender.
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