F-T: Rotherham United 0 Newcastle United 1

Rotherham United v Newcastle United
Rotherham United v Newcastle United
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Brave Rotherham United lost out to a moment of Premier League quality in their Championship clash against Newcastle United at sold-out New York Stadium.

The Millers gave their all against a side that was in the top flight last season and are promotion favourites this term.

But they were cruelly beaten by a stunning 41-minute finish by Christian Atsu and remain at the foot of the second tier.

The right winger cut inside and fired an unstoppable shot into the top far corner.

There were strong suspicions of a foul on Lee Frecklington as the Magpies broke, but there was nothing debatable about the pedigree of Atsu's strike.

Alan Stubbs' men poured on the pressure towards the end.

Dominic Ball hit the post in the 85th minute and seconds later Will Vaulks' effort was cleared off the line by Ciaran Clark, but Newcastle held on for a victory they didn't deserve.

The Millers took the game to the visitors from the start and had the best of the first half.

The home side rattled the Magpies with their strong-running approach and between the 14th and 18th minutes Joe Newell fired just over, Jon Taylor hit the bar with a deflected effort and Tom Adeyemi, who departed injured soon afterwards, shot wide.

After the break, Dael Fry produced a goalsaving block on a shot by Mohamed Diame before Rotherham started to really worry their opponents with their late push.

Stubbs had kept faith with the side which performed well in the second half of their 2-1 midweek defeat at high-flying Huddersfield Town, which meant another outing for young centre-half pairing Fry and Dominic Ball who both showed up well.

But Joe Mattock was injured during the warm-up, which saw Greg Halford come in at right-back and Darnell Fisher switch to the left.

It was a fourth successive defeat for Rotherham but they can take heart from their performance heading into the international break.

Rotherham United (4-4-1-1): Camp; Halford, Fry, Ball, Fisher; Taylor, Adeyemi (Vaulks 26), Frecklington, Newell (Blackstock 73); Brown; Ward. Subs not used: Price, Forde, Forster-Caskey, Wilson, Wood.

Newcastle United (4-1-2-3): Darlow; Dummett, Clark, Lascelles, Anita; Colback; Shelvey, Diame (Hanley 87); Atsu (Ritchie 66), Gayle (Mitrovic 79), Gouffran. Subs not used: Sels, Hayden, Mbemba, Yedlin.

Goal: Atsu 41 (Newcastle).

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 11,653 (2,587).

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