Rotherham 1-0 Ipswich: Michael Smith earns late win for Millers
Rotherham dedicate 1-0 win against Ipswich to Barry Chuckle
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 11/08/18 7:42pm
Michael Smith's late strike earned Rotherham their first win back in the Sky Bet Championship as the club dedicated a 1-0 success over Ipswich to Barry Chuckle.
Television star Chuckle - real name Barry Elliott - died last weekend and was a lifelong Rotherham fan, as well as being the club's life president.
Rotherham fans sang his name during the win, while the two sets of supporters traded a chant of "to me, to you" - the famous catchphrase of Barry and brother Paul in their popular show ChuckleVision.
It was a repeat meeting for the managers from last season's League One play-off final and once again Paul Warne got the better of his former Millers team-mate Paul Hurst.
Ipswich threatened early on with Gwion Edwards putting a dangerous ball across the box which had to be cleared by Zak Vyner with former Rotherham loanee Grant Ward lurking for a certain tap-in.
Rotherham keeper Marek Rodak then had to be alert to clinch the ball off Ellis Harrison when he was clear through on goal.
Kyle Vassell had Rotherham's first serious effort on goal at the start of the second half but it was held by Bartosz Bialkowski.
At the other end, Jon Nolan latched onto a long throw but then skewed his shot wide when well placed. Nolan came much closer from further out with a 25-yard effort flying just wide of the post.
Rotherham almost benefited from a Bialkowski error but neither Semi Ajayi or Vassell could turn the ball home after the keeper had spilled Will Vaulks' cross. Edwards was the next Ipswich man to come close but Rodak pushed away his free-kick from 20 yards.
Both managers looked to their benches in the search of a winner with midweek signing Kayden Jackson coming on for the visitors.
The former Accrington man cleverly broke the offside trap but was denied by a strong tackle from Richard Wood just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Jackson did get a shot off in the next move but it was tame and straight at Rodak. Fellow substitute Jordan Roberts seemed to have a strong shout for a penalty after he was bundled over by Joe Mattock but referee David Webb ignored his strong appeal.
Rotherham were pushing for a winner in the final five minutes and got it in the 90th minute through Smith. The striker had earlier fired just wide from the edge of the box and Anthony Forde tested Bialkowski with a snap shot.
Smith was not to be denied, though, and following Forde's free-kick, the big striker scooped the ball into the top corner at the second attempt. The Millers nervously saw out four minutes of added on time to capture the three points.
Paul Warne: "It was a tough game. The lads rode the first half. I thought we were better in the second half. To get a win in any which we can, I will take it. In the first half we got outplayed. We changed the shape at half time and I always think there is a chance we are going to score. It was very pleasing that we scored that late.
"The second half is never the same as the first half. If you stay in the game there's always a chance you can nick it. The scoreline was kind to us."
Paul Hurst: "It feels hard to take. In the dressing room you're feeling disappointed to have not won the game and then to actually lose it is hard to take. I am disappointed with the result. The business is results. It's nice to get performances but you want to get results hand in hand.
"The reason we didn't win is because we didn't score a goal. We are still learning but I will say that performance should have got three points. I think we had enough chances. We have got to make sure we have got a cutting edge to us."