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Britannia Stadium (ATT 16,552) 2nd April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Stoke Stoke City vs Rotherham United Rotherham

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Millers stun Stoke

By James Pearson.   Last Updated: 02/04/05 6:35pm

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Two late goals from Gifton Noel-Williams brought Stoke level before his second sent them to defeat against Rotherham.

The striker equalised after 83 minutes, but his injury-time own goal gave Rotherham a 2-1 win at The Britannia.

Martin Butler kept up his impressive record against Stoke and his fourth in three games against the side gave the visitors the lead.

Butler connected with John Mullin's corner to head the ball past former Everton keeper Steve Simonsen.

The home side, who still retained hopes of a play-off spot, were out of sorts but managed to draw level late on.

Noel-Williams was on hand to head home from just six yards with just seven minutes of the game remaining.

Stoke then found themselves a man light when former Leeds defender Michael Duberry saw red for collecting his second yellow card.

Noel-Williams' status went from hero to villain when Simonsen parried Jamal Campbell-Ryce's effort onto the striker and into the net.

The win ensures The Millers retain a chance of staying in The Championship, but realistically it is too little too late.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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