Rotherham United knocked off the top of League One by Peterborough

Rotherham United were knocked off the top of the League One table and their five-game winning run came to an end when they went down 2-1 at Peterborough.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 10:40 am
Updated Sunday, 26th January 2020, 8:13 pm
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Michael Ihiekwe of Rotherham United runs with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Rotherham United at Loftus Road on March 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Goals from Ivan Toney and Sammie Smodzics put Posh in control and the Millers could not recover despite Michael Ihiekwe's strike.

They pushed for a leveller after the break and looked to be denied a clear penalty as they lose their position at the top of the table.

It took less than two minutes for Toney to bag his 20th goal in all competitions this season. Siriki Dembele nipped in ahead of Chiedozie Ogbene and charged down the left before picking out the striker at the back post.

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The second goal on 22 minutes came from a superb move which included a one-two between Dan Butler and Jack Taylor. The former then played it down the line to Szmodics who curled in.

Rotherham then struck 10 minutes before the break, with Ihiekwe unmarked eight yards out to volley in Daniel Barlaser's corner.

Toney and Rotherham's Michael Smith both had second-half headers well saved, while there was a seven minute delay due to an injury to one of the linesmen, with a member of the crowd taking over fourth official duties after an appeal over the tannoy.

After the game, Rotherham boss Paul Warne said his side were left feeling as if the season was over.

They will be able to get it back pretty quickly, though, as they play the side that replaced them, Ipswich, in a blockbusting top-of-the-table clash at home on Tuesday.

“We had too many off par today, which is disappointing because we’ve been on a really good run,” Warne conceded. “We just didn’t seem at our glorious best.

“If you’d been in my dressing-room now, it’s like the season’s over and they haven’t got promoted – so they’re down.”

Warne added: “We get criticised all the time for the way, supposedly, we play,” he said. “But I don’t think Peterborough were football geniuses.

“They just kept turning us all the time and we found it hard to deal with their pace upfront. The first 20 minutes we didn’t press with enough intensity. I was quite happy to get in at half-time 2-1 down. I expected the team to perform to a higher level second-half, but it just wasn’t a good game in fairness.