Rotherham United survival hopes dented by draw at Luton Town

Rotherham’s hopes of staying in the Championship suffered a huge blow as they were held to a goalless draw by Luton.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:01 pm
Rotherham United's Freddie Ladapo looks on as Luton Town's Sonny Bradley and Simon Sluga collide

The Millers needed a win to go into Saturday’s finale at Cardiff with safety in their own hands, but will now be reliant on other results after this stalemate.

The hosts had an early effort but Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s 25-yarder was easy for Millers keeper Jamal Blackman while Rotherham’s Lewis Wing saw his ambitious long-range free-kick saved by Simon Sluga.

Dewsbury-Hall curled wide in the 15th minute, while Ben Wiles then went close from 20 yards, his powerful effort well blocked by Town skipper Sonny Bradley.

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Elijah Adebayo saw his thunderous drive cannon off the bar with 20 minutes gone and Millers had their best chance midway through the half, Ryan Giles’ inviting cross glanced narrowly wide by Michael Smith.

Blackman palmed Dewsbury-Hall’s inswinging corner against his own post and just before the break, United had a wonderful chance as Smith’s header was met by Matt Crooks who flicked over Sluga, with the ball hitting the post and being grabbed by Town’s Croatian stopper as referee David Webb signalled it had not crossed the line.

Rotherham created their best chance in the 72nd minute, Giles again the architect, with a splendid delivery from the left that Crooks headed narrowly wide.

Town thought they had won it in stoppage time, Bradley heading home Dewsbury-Hall’s corner, only to see it ruled out for an apparent push.