Late Millers heartache but still a good night ... on-the-whistle report: Coventry City 2 Rotherham United 2

Wes Harding make his 100th league appearance for the Millers. Picture by Jim BrailsfordWes Harding make his 100th league appearance for the Millers. Picture by Jim Brailsford
Wes Harding make his 100th league appearance for the Millers. Picture by Jim Brailsford
ROTHERHAM United were only minutes away from a second away win in eight days when they suffered late misery at Coventry City tonight.

The Millers were leading 2-1 through Cohen Bramall and Conor Washington as the clocked ticked down and looking likely to repeat the heroics of their victory at Stoke City the previous Tuesday.

But they conceded a penalty as the match was about to go into added time and had to settle for a share of the Championship spoils when Viktor Gyokeres stepped up to score.

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Rotherham made an encouraging start and had the first real sight of goal in the 13th minute.

Wes Harding and Georgie Kelly made nuisances of themselves in a scramble in the six-yard box following a free-kick from the right and the former couldn't quite force the ball home.

Superb defending from Lee Peltier kept the match goalless when he got back to dispossess Gyokeres after the Coventry man had rounded Viktor Johansson and was about to slot the ball into an empty net.

The Rotherham keeper comfortably saved Callum O'Hare low shot as the half-hour mark approached in a contest in which both sides were keen to attack.

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It was a landmark evening for two players in red and white. Harding was making his 100th league appearance for the club while the match took Washington to 300 EFL career outings.

The Millers were defending solidly but Kasey Palmer got the better of Grant Hall and the centre-half picked up a fifth caution of the season and a one-match ban for dragging his opponent back.

Coventry's pressure mounted and Kyle McFadzean, rising highest to meet Michael Rose's nod-back, headed over before Justin Allen scampered in to send a tame effort straight at Johansson.

The Sky Blues went into the encounter as one of the form teams in the division after losing only once in eight matches and conceding a solitary goal in their last seven outings.

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But they could do nothing to protect their net in the 43rd minute when Dan Barlaser's pass released Bramall who ran in and buried a superb shot beyond Ben Wilson.

It needed a goalline clearance from Hakeem Odoffin to prevent Palmer's header looping in for an equaliser and soon afterwards the Millers headed in for the break very happy with their work so far.

They had made five changes to the side that had started Saturday's home defeat against Hull City.

Grant Hall and Cameron Humphreys came in at the back, Odoffin was in midfield, Harding and Bramall were wing-backs and Kelly took one of the two places up front.

Midfielder Ollie Rathbone missed out through injury.

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Nine minutes after the interval, Ben Wiles came agonisingly close to extending the Millers' lead as his curling cross evaded everyone in the box and bounced a whisker wide.

Allen diverted Josh Eccles' cross over the bar and Coventry's frustration was growing as Rotherham looked to take the sting out of the game by refusing to rush any of their set-pieces and throw-ins.

Coventry's threat was increasing by the minute and only some heroic defending, with Hall and Peltier to the fore, was keeping them out.

Johansson dived to deny Palmer and Allen shot too close to the keeper but the breakthrough was coming and duly arrived on 76 minutes, following a raft of substitutions from both teams, when Gustavo fired past Johansson after being freed by Palmer.

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Amazingly, Rotherham were back in front within three minutes as sharp work from Washington saw the striker capitalise on Barlaser's supply to convert from close range.

It seemed like a famous away triumph was on the cards until that late spot-kick - awarded for a Richard Wood foul on Callum O'Hare - took the shine off a memorable evening.

Hamer almost snatched victory with a free-kick but Rotherham deservedly took something from a thrilling clash.

This was a good Millers night.

Coventry (3-4-1-2): Ben Wilson; Michael Rose, Kyle McFadzean (Jonathan Panzo 74), Callum Doyle; Fankaty Dabo (Josh Eccles 45), Ben Sheaf (Todd Kane 74), Gustavo Haymer, Jake Bidwell (Callum O'Hare 74); Jamie Allen; Martyn Waghorn (Kasey Palmer 7), Viktor Gyokeres. Subs not used: Simon Moore, Fabio Tavares.

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Rotherham (3-5-2): Viktor Johansson; Lee Peltier (Jamie McCart 74), Grant Hall (Richard Wood 74), Cameron Humphreys, Wes Harding, Ben Wiles, Dan Barlaser, Hakeem Odoffin (Jamie Lindsay 52), Cohen Bramall (Brooke Norton-Cuffy 63); Conor Washington, Georgie Kelly (Tom Eaves 74). Subs not used: Josh Vickers. Scott High.

Goals: Bramall 43, Washington 79 (Rotherham); Hamer 76, Gyokeres pen 90 (Coventry).

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

Attendance: 18,593 (1,022).