Team: Smithies, Bidwell, Hall, Onuoha, Lynch, Cousins, Sandro (Gladwin), Luongo, Ngbakoto (Polter), Chery (Wszolek), Washington
Subs Not Used: Ingram, Henry, El Khayati, Shodipo
Attendance: 8,704 (including 872 R’s fans)
Rotherham secured their first win since August with a 1-0 victory over QPR in the Championship.
Isaiah Brown’s first-half goal handed the division’s bottom side just their second three points of the season.
The breakthrough came in the 24th-minute when Brown, a Chelsea loanee, collected Danny Ward’s ball to surge through the QPR defence and fire home.
Millers’ goalkeeper Lewis Price kept his side ahead, before Joe Newell should have killed the game off.
Rotherham’s first victory in 112 days moves them to within eight points of Wigan, and 10 points off safety.
It was a thoroughly deserved win for caretaker boss Paul Warne’s side as they created a host of chances and kept only their second clean sheet of the season.
Ian Holloway’s QPR, who have now won just one of their last seven league matches in the Championship, fall to 18th place in the table and sit just three points off the drop zone.
QPR manager Ian Holloway: “It is very, very disappointing, but we have to take the positives. A goal has changed the course of the game, it gave them a lift and they held on to it far easier than I would have liked.”
“I saw too many shoulders drop. It’s early days to get what I want, unfortunately it’s not going for them.”
“When I look back at that I can’t believe we didn’t take a point. I am far more encouraged than I ever have been, I believe in what we are doing, these results are imposters.”
I always try to look for the positives in a game, but can only sum up Saturday’s performance as…………..shocking!!!
For the first 20 minutes or so we were reasonable, created some good chances, but so did they. Heads began to drop after the goal, which was coupled with the players’ body language!
No improvement after the break, in fact it got much worse. More good saves from Alex Smithies, they hit the crossbar and the follow-up was blasted well over the frame of the goal.
We cleared one off the line and the game became peppered with free kicks and we looked poor all over the pitch.
Some fans voiced their feelings at the final whistle.
We met up with Bernard (Kerrins) and would like to give a big thanks and well done to Jimmy, driving back through the monsoon M1 conditions.
Shocking statement from Ian, and I’m afraid he will lose hardcore support with comments like that!
Positives? Smithies apart, best that he name them.
Let’s get it right, poor is an understatement, against a side who have conceded some 45 goals and look all but doomed even at this stage of the season. However, they should have won by at least two, if not three!
No leaders, no confidence, and in the last third, simply clueless, something we had in abundance for many years down the decades.
There are too many players who continually under perform as the transfer window beckons, which will no doubt define our season.
Good to meet so many R’s ‘up north’ – till the next time.