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Superb Millers show their festive spirit to see off Hull

Rotherham surprised many with a superb battling performance to see off high-flying Hull 2-0. Here's the story of the game.

The story of the game

Rotherham breathed fresh life into their battle at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship with a superb 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Hull.

The Millers, heavily criticised after their poor defeat at Huddersfield in the week, put in a resounding performance full of heart, desire and energy and won it through goals from Lee Frecklington and Joe Newell.

Frecklington opened the scoring in first half when he slammed home a penalty after Kirk Broadfoot had been tripped by Moses Odubajo.

A backs-to-the-wall job looked on the cards after the break and Chuba Akpom hit the post for the Tigers, but Newell's strike just before the hour, a superb high shot with his right foot, gave Neil Redfearn's men some much-needed breathing space.

Hull had chances to get back into the game, with Akpom again hitting the post, but the Millers held on for deserved three points.

Key moment

When the Millers came out after the break a long 45 minutes was on the cards as they aimed to protect their lead, but they were given a vital cushion when Frecklington poked through to Newell and he did the rest. From that point on a Millers victory looked much more likely.

Man of the match

Ridiculed after being selected in front of Jonson Clarke-Harris, Danny Ward did a superb job in a lone striking role. He led the line well, won his headers, held the ball up outstandingly and showed great mobility.


Lee Frecklington (1-0 28 min): The Millers' captain stepped up to the plate to his side in front from the spot, smashing home a penalty after Kirk Broadfoot had been fouled.

Joe Newell (2-0 57 min): After being sent into the area, Newell wriggled free in the area and slammed a right-footed effort into the roof of the net.

The line-ups

Rotherham (4-5-1): Camp; Kelly (Buxton, 46), Rawson, Broadfoot, Mattock; G Ward, Smallwood, Frecklington (Andreu 85), Hyam, Newell; D Ward (Clarke-Harris 81).

Hull (4-4-2): McGregor; Odubajo (Diame 55), Davies, Maguire, Robertson; Elmohamady, Meyler (Huddlestone 67), Livermore, Maloney; Akpom, Hernandez (Diomande 67).

Attendance: 10,355 (2,571)

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