<
>
2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Smith (22')
  • Joe Newell (57')

Rotherham extend unbeaten run with win over Bradford

Rotherham climbed into the Sky Bet League One play-offs after beating Bradford 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run to nine games.
The Millers have been in fine form and saw off their Yorkshire rivals thanks to a goal in either half from Michael Smith and Joe Newell.
Smith, on his first Millers start, opened the scoring when he made amends for an earlier miss by heading home Anthony Forde's wicked free-kick in the 22nd minute.
Bradford were not without their opportunities to level and Jon Taylor drilled over from the edge of the box while Timothee Dieng curled wide from a similar position.
The Bantams, who have now lost their last four games in all competitions, again went close after the break when Taylor tested Marek Rodak with a swerving effort.
But the Millers doubled their advantage in the 57th minute when Newell showed composure to fire in a rebound after Smith's header was palmed away by Rouven Sattelmaier.
That knocked the wind out of Bradford's sails as the hosts staged an onslaught that was without reward.
Richard Wood headed wide from a golden position, Forde could not direct his effort while Will Vaulks fired just over, but the job was already done.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 43 +47 90
2 Barnsley 43 +38 85
3 Sunderland 42 +35 83
4 Portsmouth 42 +32 83
5 Charlton Athletic 43 +23 79
6 Doncaster Rovers 43 +17 69
7 Peterborough United 42 +9 65
8 Coventry City 43 +3 64
9 Burton Albion 43 +11 60
10 Blackpool 43 +1 59
11 Fleetwood Town 42 +7 57
12 Oxford United 43 -5 56
13 Gillingham 43 -12 51
14 Bristol Rovers 43 -3 50
15 Shrewsbury Town 43 -7 50
16 Accrington Stanley 43 -21 48
17 Rochdale 43 -31 48
18 Wycombe Wanderers 43 -13 47
19 Plymouth Argyle 43 -18 47
20 Scunthorpe United 43 -24 46
21 AFC Wimbledon 43 -22 45
22 Southend United 43 -14 44
23 Walsall 43 -24 43
24 Bradford City 43 -29 36