F-T: Rotherham United 0 Blackburn Rovers 1

Greg Halford in action against Blackburn
Greg Halford in action against Blackburn

Rotherham United's amazing 11-match unbeaten run finally came to an end in the final home game of their incredible season.

The Millers' undefeated sequence under Neil Warnock has secured their Championship safety for another year after they had looked dead and buried at one stage, but it was given up in disappointing fashion as they went down to Blackburn Rovers.

Joe Mattock battles with Danny Graham

Joe Mattock battles with Danny Graham

Fans invaded the pitch at the end in celebration of the survival miracle manager Warnock and his men have performed.

Blackburn swept into a six-minute lead as Shane Duffy headed home from Matt Grimes' corner, the first time Rotherham had conceded from a set-piece under Warnock and the first time they had been behind for eight matches.

For the Millers, Joe Mattock shot into the side-netting in the 16th minute and a Grant Ward thunderbolt drew a good save from Jason Steele 11 minutes later.

Rovers, playing three centre-halves at the back, were defensively solid and proving difficult to break down.

Just after substitute Frazer Richardson had tested Steele with a dangerous curling shot in the 44th minute, Leon Best fluffed a golden chance to equalise when he somehow directed his close-range header wide at the back post from Richardson's cross.

The home side pressed more after the break, although goalkeeper Lee Camp had to be at his best to deny Jordi Gomez in a one-on-one before Matt Derbyshire flashed a header wide for the Millers from Greg Halford's cross.

Camp saved from Elliott Bennett and Jordi Gomez to keep Rotherham in the match,

Warnock had kept faith with the team which had sealed safety with a goalless draw at Wolves last weekend, but strengthened the bench by bringing back striker Danny Ward and winger Jerome Thomas after injury and illness respectively.

The last real Millers' chance fell to Richard Wood in the 81st minute but the centre-half sent his header from Thomas's cross straight at Steele.

Rotherham's season wasn't about today, however. It was all about the six wins and five draws that preceded a flat finale at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Rotherham United (4-1-4-1): Camp; Kelly, Broadfoot, Wood, Mattock (Richardson 40); Halford; G Ward, Smallwood, Frecklington (Thomas 71), Derbyshire (D Ward 73); Best. Subs not used: Kenny, Clarke-Harris, Belaid, Green.

Blackburn Rovers (3-4-1-2): Steele; Duffy, Hanley, Kilgallon; Marshall, Lowe, Lenihan, Grimes (Conway 86); J Gomez (Evans 79); Bennett (Jackson 68), Graham. Subs not used: Raya, Henley, Brown, Mahoney, Conway.

Goals: Duffy 6 (Blackburn).

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 11,035 (1,225).

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