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Below-par Rotherham fall to damaging defeat as Charlton ease to win

Story of the game

Rotherham endured an afternoon from hell as they missed the chance to pull clear from the relegation zone by losing 4-1 to strugglers Charlton.

The Addicks had conceded 11 goals in their last two away games but were the better side at New York Stadium and won it through Simon Makienok's brace and Igor Vetokele's goal on the stroke of half-time. Ademola Lookman made the game safe in injury time.

Chris Burke had brought level in the 10th minute when he scored on his home debut but that was as good as it got for the Millers who put in a woeful display.

They had a chance to get themselves back in it with 18 minutes remaining when Jonson Clarke-Harris won a penalty but he blazed his effort well over.

The Millers stayed out of the drop zone on goal difference.

Key moment

As has happened so many times over the course of the season, the failure to see out a half has cost the Millers badly as Vetokele's effort just before the break gave Charlton a lead that the sub-standard home team were unable to claw back.

Man of the match

Farrend Rawson - Recalled in the absence of Aimen Belaid and was the dominant presence, performing a number of last-ditch tackles and crucial interceptions.


Simon Makienok (1-0 4 minutes) – Igor Vetokele surged forward and squared to the Addicks striker whose first-time shot from the edge of the area found the bottom corner.

Chris Burke (1-1 11 minutes) – Danny and Grant Ward combined and played Burke in through a wide open defence and he slipped home from 12 yards.

Igor Vetokele (1-2 43 minutes) - Another lightning quick break does for the Millers as Johann Berg Gudmundsson gallops clear down the right and squares for Vetokele for an easy tap-in.

Simon Makienok (1-3 64 minutes) – The panto villain scored his second to win the game for Charlton with a free header.

Ademola Lookman (1-4 90 minutes) - The afternoon from hell was completed in final throes as Lookman broke clear and slotted home.


Rotherham: Camp; Facey, Broadfoot, Rawson, Mattock; Burke (Shinnie 59), Smallwood, Green (Becchio 46), Newell (Clarke-Garris 59), G Ward; D Ward.
Charlton: Henderson; Solly, Teixeira, Lennon, Fox; Gudmundsson, Cousins, Jackson, Bergdich;, Vetokele, Makienok.
Referee: Keith Stroud.

Attendance: 9,227 (739)

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