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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 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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