Rotherham United made it back-to-back league wins with a hard fought 2-1 win at 10-man Lincoln City.
Moses Swaibu was dismissed in the 13th minute for a professional foul on Adam Le Fondre, who then converted the subsequent spot kick. The Millers added a second through Gary Roberts in the 66th minute before being made to sweat by a 77th strike by Lincoln sub Steven Lennon.
Lincoln had the first opening on five minutes. Paul Connor found room inside the area, he controlled before hitting a powerful shot towards goal which was held by Andy Warrington.
The Millers first opening came on 11 minutes. Following a corner, a game of head tennis in the Lincoln penalty area ensured, before Ian Sharps guided his header from eight yards onto the roof of the net.
Controversy then came on 13 minutes. Le Fondre chased a through ball into the area before being hauled to the ground by Swaibu with referee Jarnail Singh pointing to the spot, before sending off the Imps defender for a professional foul. Le Fondre picked himself off the floor and coolly slotted the ball into the net, sending Rob Burch the wrong way.
The Imps responded well and held the Millers until the 25th minute. Kevin Ellison received a through ball into the channel; he waltzed into the area before shooting low, forcing Burch into a sprawling low save.
Lincoln refused to lie down and starting to cause the Millers problems. They were desperately unlucky in the 32nd minute when Brian Gilmour tried his luck from 30 yards only to see his effort cannon off the inside of the post.
Five minutes before the interval it could have been two for the Millers. Danny Harrison found some space just inside the area, he struck the ball towards goal on the half volley but Burch saved well low down.
Lincoln City 0 v 1 Rotherham United
Harrison again went close at the start of the second half when he fired in a shot from 20 yards which was brilliantly saved by Burch.
Lincoln still sensed a way back into the game with Gilmour going close when his shot on 59 minutes was parried wide by Warrington.
On 66 minutes the Millers added a deserved second. Great play by Roberts saw him play a one-two with Pope before sliding the ball past Burch and into the corner for a well taken goal.
Le Fondre was a constant threat and shot wide in the 71st minute. That was a warning to Lincoln with Le Fondre again going close minutes later after a great through ball by Nicky Law, but Burch once again kept his side in it with a spectacular one handed save.
With 15 minutes remaining the Millers produced the move of the match. Great one touch play involving Law and Roberts, eventually saw the ball find Pope on the far side whose drilled cross just eluded Le Fondre.
The Millers made it hard for themselves in the 77th minute when Lincoln pulled one back. Sub Steven Lennon was found in the area and he drilled past Warrington but the Millers survived a late Lincoln onslaught to secure the points.
Lincoln City 1 v 2 Rotherham United
Lincoln: Burch; Hone (Pearce 89), Swaibu, Watts, Hughton, Anderson, Oakes (Lennon 62), Kerr, Herd, Gilmour, Connor (John-Lewis 53).
Subs not used: Clarke, Keltie, Musselwhite.
Rotherham: Warrington; Lynch, Sharps, Fenton, Gunning, Law, Roberts, Harrison, Ellison, Pope (Taylor 90), Le Fondre.
Subs not used: Cummins, Joseph, Marshall, Broughton, Mills, Brogan.
Att: 4152 (941)
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