Coventry City took a big step to securing their Championship status after a 1-0 win at fellow strugglers Rotherham United.
Leo Østigård headed home the only goal of the game twenty minutes from time to give the Sky Blues a crucial win over third-bottom Rotherham at New York Stadium.
Victory for Rotherham would have seen them move out of the bottom three at Coventry’s expense, but instead they are now six points behind Mark Robins’s side and four points from safety with two games in hand.
City almost took the lead within the first minute when Liam Kelly fired a fierce volley from just outside the area which was tipped onto the bar by the stretching Viktor Johansson.
The Sky Blues continued to dominate the early stages, with Kyle McFadzean firing off target before Johansson came to the Millers’ rescue again. The ball dropped to Callum O’Hare who was denied by the onrushing keeper before Matty Godden fired the rebound just over the bar.
Whilst it was the visitors who were on top, Rotherham almost grabbed the important first goal midway through the half when Lewis Wing’s drilled cross-come-shot bounced back off the far post with Ben Wilson beaten.
But back down the other end, Coventry were once again denied by a stunning save from Johansson when Tyler Walker’s header was kept out from close range after the hosts failed to deal with Sam McCallum’s long throw from the left.
After a closely fought opening to the second half, the first real chance dropped to Coventry’s Walker, but he sliced wide after a fair challenge with keeper Johansson.
And it was Robins’s side who deservedly went in front after 70 minutes. Matty James whipped in a free-kick from the edge of the penalty area and Østigård rose highest before planting his downward header beyond the keeper.
Rotherham struggled to create a clear-cut chance throughout the game, failing to register a shot on target, as Coventry saw out the final few minutes to claim just their third – and perhaps most important – away win all season.