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READ | Five years ago today it was party time in Rotherham as the Millers secured their Championship status following 2014/15 return

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28 April 2020

It was on this day five years ago that the Millers secured their Sky Bet Championship status with a narrow 2-1 win over Reading on another unforgettable night at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

After Steve Evans had guided Rotherham United to consecutive promotions from League Two, the 2014/15 season saw second tier football return to our corner of South Yorkshire, but it was always going to be a big ask to stay there with a number of ex-Premier League heavyweights to compete with.

With Millwall, occupying the final relegation spot, breathing down the Millers’ necks following a points deduction, a tense midweek encounter against the Royals in the penultimate game of the season was considered by most a ‘must win’ with only a trip to Leeds United left on the agenda.

The home support had to endure 52 minutes of emotions but it was at that point, the tireless Matt Derbyshire stole in at the near post to turn the ball home, put his side ahead, and ease the atmosphere inside the packed home ranks.

Even at 1-0, you could sense the worry around AESSEAL New York Stadium. Could the Millers hold their lead?

Just six minutes later, it was confirmed they could.

As was so often the case in his Rotherham United career, it was the captain, Lee Frecklington, who stepped forward to provide another important goal, throwing himself at a Danny Ward cross at the back post to tap home a second for his side and put clear daylight between the Millers and the relegation places.

Oliver Norwood’s strike three minutes from time set up another nervy few minutes for the hosts, but the job was complete as the Millers saw off the late challenge of the Royals, to mathematically confirm their survival with a game to spare.


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