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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 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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