Rotherham 1 – 0Ipswich

Rotherham secured their bid to win automatic League One promotion on track after scoring late to beat Ipswich 1-0 and end a three-game losing streak.

Top scorer Michael Smith struck 12 minutes from time as the Millers, whose losing run saw them replaced in the front two by Wigan and MK Dons, secured a valuable victory.

Rotherham had failed to find the back of the net since beating Lincoln a month ago but they pushed for a first game and Wes Harding was denied from close range.

Ipswich, looking to boost their own push in the shoot-off after a one-win run in their previous four games, missed a glaring chance to take the lead when Wes Burns crossed perfectly for an unmarked James Norwood who sliced ​​wide.

The home side came out of the break very refreshed and nearly took the lead when Rarmani Edmonds-Green’s ball was nearly touched by Jamie Lindsay.

Ipswich responded and defender Luke Woolfenden led a counterattack himself and almost cut off the opener when his cross fell on Burns whose effort was knocked down by Viktor Johansson.

Smith was then denied by Christian Walton after getting high from Dan Barlaser’s corner as both sides continued to press for the breakthrough.

And it finally came in the 78th minute when a long ball finally landed nicely on Smith who curled in his 19th league goal of the campaign to seal the three points.

Sky Sports

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