Rotherham United 2-2 Burnley: Late Millers goal delays Clarets’ title win


Scott Twine scores for Burnley
Scott Twine’s goal for Burnley was just his second since his summer move from Milton Keynes Dons for a fee reportedly in excess of £4m

Burnley were made to wait to clinch the Championship title after being held to a 2-2 draw at Rotherham.

Having ensured an immediate return to the Premier League 11 days ago, Scott Twine’s left-footed volley from the edge of the box gave the Clarets the lead.

Shane Ferguson’s inswinging corner on the stroke of half time bamboozled Burnley with Vininho getting the final touch as he put the ball into his own net.

The away fans were celebrating after Manuel Benson’s superb curling left-footed effort into the top left corner restored the lead, but Georgie Kelly equalised from close range with five minutes to go.

The draw means Vincent Kompany’s team – who are 10 points clear of second-placed Sheffield United – still need one more win to secure the title with four games to go.

The draw – which also denied Burnley a chance of breaking the Championship record for points won in a season – keeps the Millers in 18th place four points clear of the relegation places.

Connor Roberts had a low sixth-minute effort for the visitors saved by the legs of Josh Vickers after good build-up play down the left by Anass Zaroury.

The Millers had a penalty claim for handball turned down and soon after fell behind when Roberts’s looping cross from the left was met by a controlled finish from Twine for just his second Burnley goal after his summer move from Milton Keynes Dons.

Two minutes later it could have been 2-0 had Vitinho’s curling effort been the other side of the post after a mix-up between Vickers and his defenders on the edge of the box.

Burnley felt they should have had a penalty six minutes before the break when Josh Cullen’s shot appeared to be blocked by the arm of Jamie Lindsay and the Millers levelled with a fortuitous equaliser from Ferguson’s corner.

Rotherham keeper Vickers was unable to take goal-kicks towards the end of the half and the Millers’ second-choice stopper was replaced by 21-year-old Robbie Hemfrey, who was making his first appearance as a professional.

He was called into action in the opening minute of the half as he saved Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s shot before palming away a Roberts effort 10 minutes later.

Gudmundsson then saw a 69th-minute header whistle past Hemfry’s near post and Twine also went close but they finally found a way through with Benson’s superb effort, but Kelly side-footed home from Chiedozie Ogbene’s cross as Rotherham ended strongly.

Ogbene and Tarique Fosu forced late saves from Bailey Peacock-Farrell as the Millers pushed in vain for a winner, but had to settle for a point.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31VickersSubstituted forHemfreyat 45′minutes
  • 21Peltier
  • 24Humphreys
  • 6Wood
  • 3Bramall
  • 4CoventrySubstituted forWilesat 85′minutes
  • 16Lindsay
  • 11Ogbene
  • 40QuinaBooked at 68minsSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 70′minutes
  • 17FergusonSubstituted forHardingat 62′minutes
  • 10HugillSubstituted forKellyat 45′minutes


  • 2Harding
  • 7Fosu-Henry
  • 8Wiles
  • 12Kelly
  • 22Odoffin
  • 26Hemfrey
  • 29Hjelde


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 14Roberts
  • 28Al Dakhil
  • 36Beyer
  • 29MaatsenBooked at 45mins
  • 24Cullen
  • 7GudmundssonSubstituted forCorkat 83′minutes
  • 22da SilvaSubstituted forManuelat 70′minutes
  • 11TwineSubstituted forObafemiat 77′minutes
  • 19Zaroury
  • 12FosterSubstituted forBarnesat 77′minutes


  • 4Cork
  • 5Harwood-Bellis
  • 10Barnes
  • 17Manuel
  • 26Bastien
  • 45Obafemi
  • 49Muric

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