Becchio opens account for Millers

SUBSTITUTE Luciano Becchio struck his first goal for Rotherham United to earn a deserved point against Charlton Athletic at the New York Stadium.

Playing his third game on loan from Norwich City, the striker headed a 69th minute equaliser after the visitors had taken a one-goal lead into the break.

Becchio’s goal was the least the Millers deserved for a powerful second-half push that had Charlton hanging on at times.

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson gave them the advantage late in the first half with a deflected shot into the far corner..

Rotherham had done most of the pressing up that point, although they were indebted to two good saves by Scott Loach, making his first league start, to prevent further damage before the break.

It was a different story in the second half. Substitute Lee Frecklington could have scored with his first touch and Jordan Bowery had an effort chalked off for offside before Becchio, on for the injured Alex Revell, converted Ben Pringle’s cross.

At the other end there was a brief scare when Fereric Bulot’s effort nearly squeezed in but the visitors were happy enough to go home with their unbeaten record intact while Rotherham could take heart from one of their best displays since returning to the Championship.

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Millers: Loach, Richardson, Skarz, Morgan (capt), Arnason, Wordsworth, Green, Smallwood (Frecklington 46), Taylor, Bowery, Revell (Becchio 38)

Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Wiggins, Ben Haim, Bikey, Gudmundsson, Buyens, Jackson (capt), Cousins (Fox 90), Moussa (Bulot 59), Vetokelo

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambs)

Attendance: 9,620 (1,106 visitors)