Boost for Sunderland as promotion rivals Rotherham United beaten at Accrington Stanley

Sean McConville scored the winner for Accrington Stanley against table-topping Rotherham to end their 21-game unbeaten run in all competitions in a 1-0 win at the Wham Stadium.
Sunderland supporters. Picture by FRANK REID.Sunderland supporters. Picture by FRANK REID.
Sunderland supporters. Picture by FRANK REID.

Captain McConville struck in the 75th minute with an acrobatic scissor kick from around six yards out after the Millers had failed to clear their lines.

Rotherham stay top of the table by two points – but have played two games more than Wigan Athletic in the second automatic promotion slot.

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Sunderland make the trip to Doncaster Rovers on Bank Holiday Monday in League One looking to cut the gap.

Sunderland, in third, are four points off leaders Rotherham heading into the Doncaster clash.

After a presentation for 20 years in charge of Stanley over two spells for manager John Coleman and his assistant Jimmy Bell, it was a lively first half.

Rotherham frontman Freddie Ladapo had two good chances saved by Toby Savin while Michael Smith had a header cleared off the line by Ross Sykes.

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For Stanley, McConville’s early blast was blocked, Colby Bishop had a strike ruled out for offside and Ethan Hamilton was denied by keeper Viktor Johansson.

There were scrambles in both boxes after the break and Johansson did well to keep out Stanley’s Tommy Leigh on the hour mark after he had raced clean through.

Then came the decider with Leigh’s ball into the box causing chaos and McConville pounced.

Sunderland will be aiming to capitalise on Monday afternoon, the game is a 12.30pm KO in League One.