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Rotherham demolish Dons to put themselves on the brink

Story of the match

Pinch yourselves, you're not dreaming. 

In their biggest game of the season, Rotherham produced a stunning performance to put themselves on the brink of safety with a 4-0 win at MK Dons.

It began after 54 seconds with Matt Derbyshire's goal and only got better from there as Leon Best added a second on 17 minutes before second-half goals from Kirk Broadfoot and Richie Smallwood made it a day to remember for the near 3,000 Millers fans.

The Millers are a big-match side now and they produced the goods to make it 20 points from the last 24 available to move nine points above the drop zone.

The Dons, who fluffed their lines in the biggest way imaginable, are certainties to return to League One as they need to overhaul that gap in just five games.

If Carlsberg did Saturday afternoons in a relegation scrap.

Key moment
The Millers could not have dreamed up a better start to this game and coming at such an early stage their opening goal was crucial. Derbyshire did the business from close range after a lightning counter-attack.

Good day
From 1 to 11, the Millers produced a fantastic display, which was rewarded with the scoreline, in which was no way flattering. It would be unfair to single anyone out.

Bad day
On a day where winning was the only answer, the severity of MK's shocking no-show condemns them to the drop.

Matt Derbyshire (1-0, 1 minute) - The Millers showed their threat on the break with a devastating attack. Lee Camp's inch-perfect clearance found Grant Ward, he skinned Josh Murphy and centred to Matt Derbyshire to slam home at the second attempt.
Leon Best (2-0, 17 minutes) - Best scored his fourth goal of the season when he snatched a penalty off Greg Halford and stroked home after Derbyshire had been felled by goalkeeper Cody Cropper.
Kirk Broadfoot (3-0, 54 minutes) - It finally came, at the 55th attempt, Broadfoot broke his Millers duck by flashing a header into the roof of the net from Joe Newell's free-kick.

The teams

MK Dons: Cropper, Baldock, Kay (Maynard 77), Walsh, Lewington, Potter, Forster-Caskey, Bowditch (Baker 67), Williams (Carruthers 67), Murphy, Revell
Rotherham: Camp, Kelly, Broadfoot, Wood, Mattock, Halford, G Ward, Frecklington (Newell 40), Smallwood, Derbyshire (Thomas 78), Best (D Ward 55).

Attendance: 13,048

Referee: Iain Williamson

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