Round-up: Rams roadshow brings in the points

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It's usually said that sound home form is the basis of any successful side, but Derby County are proving that reliable results on the road can be just as effective. A tenth win in 17 away matches this season, coming from behind to beat bottom-of-the-table Rotherham United at Millmoor, moved them up two places to fourth in the Coca-Cola Championship.

It's usually said that sound home form is the basis of any successful side, but Derby County are proving that reliable results on the road can be just as effective. A tenth win in 17 away matches this season, coming from behind to beat bottom-of-the-table Rotherham United at Millmoor, moved them up two places to fourth in the Coca-Cola Championship.

The Rams dominated the opening exchanges, but perhaps inevitably, after 20 minutes of Derby pressure, in which time Marcus Tudgay hit a post, Rotherham took the lead in their first attack when a handball gave Martin Butler the chance to thump in a 24th-minute penalty. The lead lasted eight minutes. Jeff Kenna's cross was nimbly controlled by Grzegorz Rasiak who finished crisply for his 12th goal of the season.

The Rams went ahead 90 seconds into the second half through Tudgay's simple header, and after Phil Gilchrist fouled Tom Huddlestone, Unigo Idiakez wrapped up the win with the penalty.

"They are the best team in the league at the moment," Alan Knill, the Rotherham manager, said. "They have pace, athleticism and keep the ball well. It is not hard to see why they have won six away league games on the trot."

Elsewhere in the Championship, play-off hopes took a dip at Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Stoke City arrived at the New Den with a squad badly depleted by injuries and three suspensions but beat the Lions 1-0, the winner coming from the Trinidadian striker, Kenwyne Jones, starting a month's loan from Southampton.

"He could have had a couple of goals," Tony Pulis, the Potters manager, said. "He's a very strong and quick forward, who will add something extra to our team." Jones, who scored seven goals during a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season, headed in from Kevin Harper's centre.

At Molineux, Wolves hopes of mounting a serious challenge for a place in the play-offs were hit by the 2-2 draw with Gillingham, who're fighting relegation. Glenn Hoddle's side were poor in the first period and fell behind after 55 minutes to a Darius Henderson goal. Five minutes later Kenny Miller equalised but Gillingham continued to look the more dangerous and seemed to have earned three precious points when Michael Flynn scored in injury time. But Leon Clarke scrambled in Wolves' contentious equaliser.

"First of all there was a foul on our centre-back and then the lad has handled it," the furious Gills manager, Stan Ternent, said. Hoddle agreed. Sort of. "I did see someone handle the ball but in my opinion it was the hand of a [Gillingham] defender."

But he wasn't a happy manager. "We under-performed as a side. The only people exempt from that are the substitutes because I thought Kevin Cooper and Leon did well to influence the game."

Luton Town and Hull City, in the League One automatic promotion berths, both won, Rowan Vine scoring the only goal of the Hatters' game at Bradford City while Danny Allsopp scored Hull's pair in the 2-1 defeat of Wrexham.

The League Two leaders, Yeovil Town, kept up the pace at the top with a 2-0 win at Chester City, who had Darren Edmondson sent off 10 minutes from time. Second-placed Scunthorpe beat Leyton Orient 1-0 but Swansea City, third, were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Grimsby Town. Only goal difference is keeping them ahead of fourth-placed Macclesfield, who beat Rochdale 3-0, Matthew Tipton scoring all three.

In the other play off places, Lincoln City were 2-0 winners over the bottom club, Cambridge United, who are strong favourites to drop out of the league. Adam Barrett scored twice as Southend United, in sixth place, came back to win 2-1 at the side immediately below them in the play-offs, Northampton Town.

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