Championship leaders Burnley scored twice in stoppage time – including a 100th-minute winner – as they came from behind to beat 10-man Rotherham and extend their unbeaten run to 16 league games.
Manuel Benson rolled home a wonderful equalizer before Halil Dervisoglu slotted home a rebound 10 minutes into the 13th added on at Turf Moor.
Ben Wiles had headed the Millers into a shock early lead, only for Jay Rodriguez’s close-range header, his ninth goal of the season, to bring Burnley level.
Rotherham substitute Chiedozie Ogbene restored the visitors’ lead midway through the second half but Cohen Bramall was sent off for two yellow cards in the space of seven minutes.
Benson’s sublime strike put the Clarets back on level terms and the Belgian substitute also played a big part in the winner from on-loan Brentford forward Dervisoglu.
The winger’s fine run and pass set up Josh Brownhill and although his shot was saved by Viktor Johansson, Dervisoglu was on hand to tap in to move Burnley five points clear at the top of the Championship.
The win was Burnley’s sixth in their last seven games – and their fourth straight at home – but Vincent Kompany’s side are not taking things the easy way despite their lofty position.
This was the second match in a row where they needed a stoppage time winner, having beaten Reading 2-1 on Saturday. They also needed a late goal to reply for Norwich in their previous game, who followed a comeback from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Sunderland.
But with entertainment high on the menu and a healthy gap opening up for a number of contenders who seem unable to string together consistent runs, hopes are growing of an immediate return to the Premier League under their new manager.
Rotherham, meanwhile, will consider themselves unlucky to come away empty-handed from a roller coaster where they played a full part until Bramall’s sloppiness cost them.
They were on the defensive for long periods when Wiles stooped to head Brooke Norton-Cuffy’s cross after just three minutes.
Conor Washington came close to doubling the lead, his 20-yard left-footed strike deflected wide by Clarets keeper Arijanet Muric, but apart from that the Clarets dominated the rest of the first half.
Their equalizer was a fine goal when Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s deep cross was hooked back by Nathan Tella for Rodriguez to head in from virtually under the bar.
Rodriguez and Tella both saw efforts cleared off the line while Johansson saved a Gudmundsson volley, so when Ogbene curled in a shot off the post in a rare second-half break by Rotherham, it was very much against the run of play.
But Bramall, already on a booking, needlessly lunged at Connor Roberts to give Burnley the impetus.
And although a superb Ashley Barnes volley was ruled out for offside, Benson provided the magic the Clarets needed to rescue not just one point but all three and keep the Championship’s only unbeaten home record alive in the process.
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany told BBC Radio Lancashire:
“It had a bit of everything – drama in particular – it was good for the team, good for the fans and it just gives us a bit of something for the next big game.
“I think we just kept doing what we do and we were really unlucky not to score more goals – lucky the goals came in the last minute but it should have been a bit earlier in the game, to be honest.
“It shows a bit of maturity because it’s a group coming together and you have to be able to look each other in the eye in those moments, stay calm, pull each other together and stick with it – it gives you some experience.”
Rotherham boss Matt Taylor told BBC Radio Sheffield:
“I’m gutted for the players – they deserved something to show for their efforts.
“When you get to the league leaders and a place like this you need a bit of luck and a bit of help from the officials – when I say help, just for them to make the right decision and that certainly didn’t happen tonight but I don’t want that to happen take away from what was generally an excellent performance.
“I thought the first booking was pretty cheap to be honest, in a match where there were very few moments where you thought the referee was going to go to his book. Then Cohen has to understand that he can’t give the referee an option, an opportunity, even a decision to make on the other – especially when it’s happened in such quick succession. But he’s a young kid learning the game and those moments didn’t go our way tonight.
“Tactically I thought we were excellent, we scored two good goals and we had other good moments in front of goal, but at the end of the day we stand here happy with the performance but have nothing to show for it.”
- 22da SilvaSubstituted forRobertson 74′minutes
- 36BeyerBooked in 90 minutes
- 29MaatsenBooked in 89 minutes
- 8BrownhillBooked in 89 minutes
- 7GudmundssonSubstituted forManualon 59′minutes
- 23CountSubstituted forDervisogluon 70′minutes
- 9RodríguezSubstituted forBarneson 74′minutes
- 26The bastion
- 10Norton-CuffySubstituted forKellyon 86′minutes
- 3BramallBooked in 75 min
- 22OdoffinSubstituted forThe Ogbeneon 63′minutes
- 8TrickBooked in 90 minutes
- 4Bar lasersBooked in 90 minutes
- 18RathboneSubstituted forWoodon 77′minutes
- 14WashingtonSubstituted forLindsayon 63′minutes
- 11The Ogbene
- Leigh Doughty
Match ends, Burnley 3, Rotherham United 2.
Second half ends, Burnley 3, Rotherham United 2.
Attempt saved. Jamie Lindsay (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Georgie Kelly.
Goal! Burnley 3, Rotherham United 2. Halil Dervisoglu (Burnley) right footed shot from very close range to the center of the goal.
Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Burnley) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Benson Manuel.
Jordan Beyer (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ian Maatsen (Burnley) wins a free kick in their own half.
Foul by Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United).
Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the center of the box to the right. Assisted by Benson Manuel.
Attempt saved. Benson Manuel (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Connor Roberts.
Attempt saved. Halil Dervisoglu (Burnley) left footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Connor Roberts.
Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the center of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Benson Manuel with a cross.
Attempt missed. Ian Maatsen (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assist by Taylor Harwood-Bellis after a corner.
Corner, Burnley. Developed by Richard Wood.
Goal! Burnley 2, Rotherham United 2. Benson Manuel (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Connor Roberts.
Ben Wiles (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.
Josh Brownhill (Burnley) wins a free kick in their own half.
Foul by Georgie Kelly (Rotherham United).
Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United) receives a yellow card.
Josh Brownhill (Burnley) is shown the yellow card.
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