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Magical Millers make march out of relegation zone after Ipswich win

The story of the game

Rotherham closed a stunning three weeks of results with a 1-0 win at Ipswich which moves them out of the Championship relegation zone.

The Millers, who looked dead and buried towards the end of February, have strung an unbelievable run of results together to resurrect their season, with the latest one at Portman Road coming courtesy of Leon Best's first-half strike.

They put up another sterling defensive performance to claim a third clean sheet in four games, though in truth we never really tested by Mick McCarthy's play-off hopefuls.

The win takes their tally to a sublime 13 out of a possible 15 and 10 from 12 in March, which will surely see boss Neil Warnock claim the manager-of-the-month gong following the nature of their opponents.

Results went in their favour elsewhere to mean that the Millers move out of the bottom three for the first time since early February -  a perfect sign-off before the international break.

The key moment

So many times this season the Millers have been punished just before the break, but the boot was on the other foot this time as Best's goal came at the perfect time - a traditional team-talker changer.

The goal

Leon Best (0-1, 43 minutes): The striker, starting after Danny Ward picked up an injury, made it three goals in two games as unmarked and afforded time and space in the Ipswich box he converted Matt Derbyshire's cross. It was scruffy, but you won't find too many people complaining about that.

The line-ups

Ipswich: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen, Skuse,  Douglas (Feeney 46), Hyam (Bru 74),  Pitman (Pringle 70), Murphy, Sears.

Rotherham: Camp, Kelly, Broadfoot, Doyley, Mattock; Halford; Ward, Smallwood, Frecklington, Derbyshire (Newell 78);  Best (Clarke-Harris 84).

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 20,318 (344 Millers)

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