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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.

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Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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