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23 April 2015

Butler hat-trick denies Canaries victory

Ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship meeting between Rotherham United and Norwich City, we look back at the last league meeting to take place in South Yorkshire.

Saturday January 17, 2004

An incredible match at Millmoor ended all-square in 2004 as Martin Butler netted a hat-trick for ten-man Rotherham against Nigel Worthington's table-topping Canaries.

The forward put Ronnie Moore's team ahead shortly before the half-hour mark, providing the catalyst for a dramatic spell of action leading up to the interval.

Iwan Roberts swept home an equaliser less than 60 seconds later, and within minutes Leon McKenzie put the visitors in front.

Butler's second of the game made it 2-2 on 42 minutes, before City were given the chance to take the lead once more when Darren Huckerby was felled in the box.

Huckerby himself stepped up to convert the spot-kick, with Millers defender Guy Branton dismissed at the break for his protestations.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Rotherham came out for the second half in determined mood, and Butler completed his hat-trick on 65 minutes to level matters for a third time.

An increasingly topsy-turvy game then took a further twist with 15 minutes remaning; John Mullin's strike making it 4-3 to the hosts.

City look destined for defeat, but Damien Francis found the net emphatically in the penultimate minute of normal time to rescue a dramatic point.

The Canaries would go on to win the First Division title by finishing eight points clear of West Bromwich Albion, while Rotherham ended the campaign in 17th.

Norwich City XI: Green; Edworthy (Rivers, 85), Mackay, Fleming, Drury; McVeigh (Henderson, 76), Holt, Francis, Huckerby; Roberts, McKenzie. Subs not used: Crichton (GK), Mulryne, Brennan.

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