Rotherham United 4 Portsmouth 1: Michael Smith scores twice as Millers power to impressive win

Michael Smith moved into double figures for the season as his brace helped Rotherham romp to a 4-1 win over Portsmouth.

A blistering second-half spell took the game away from Pompey who had levelled earlier in the half.

Portsmouth goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu came to their rescue early on as he denied Rarmani Edmonds-Green from close range after he looked certain to score.

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He could do little about Rotherham’s 29th-minute opener as Wes Harding’s cross to the far post was headed in by former Pompey man Smith.

MICHAEL SMITH: Scored twice in Rotherham United's win over Portsmouth. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Portsmouth drew level after 49 minutes with Marcus Harness finding space on the edge of the box and finishing clinically into the bottom corner.

But the goal provoked a stunning response from Rotherham with three goals in seven minutes.

Smith netted his second with 55 minutes gone. He back-heeled home at the second attempt after Bazuna fumbled a shot from Ollie Rathbone.

Rotherham scored again after 60 minutes with skipper Richard Wood rising highest to power in Dan Barlaser’s free-kick.

Ben Wiles got in on the act in the 62nd minute to round off the scoring with a powerful finish from Mikel Miller’s pass.