Away drought shows no sign of ending for Millers ... on-the-whistle report: Millwall 3 Rotherham United 0

Striker Sam Nombe in first-half action for Rotherham United in their Championship clash with Millwall at the New Den this evening. Picture: Jim BrailsfordStriker Sam Nombe in first-half action for Rotherham United in their Championship clash with Millwall at the New Den this evening. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Striker Sam Nombe in first-half action for Rotherham United in their Championship clash with Millwall at the New Den this evening. Picture: Jim Brailsford
ROTHERHAM United’s wait for their first away points of the season goes on after they went down to a deserved defeat at Millwall in the Championship tonight.

The Millers endured a chastening evening in south-east London, barely mustering any attacking threat as the home team bossed proceedings and could have won by an even greater margin.

Four league games on their travels have brought four losses and manager Matt Taylor needs to quickly find a way of stemming the tide on their travels if his 21st-placed side are to remain out of the drop zone.

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Not since last November have Matt Taylor’s men won on opposition soil.

Rotherham needed to defend resolutely in the opening stages as they came under pressure in the capital.

They conceded plenty of corners but gave up no chances as the quarter-of-an-hour mark came and went.

On 26 minutes, Fred Onyedinma forgot that Millwall were his old club, not his present one, and passed dangerously inside straight to a blue shirt, with Tom Bradshaw firing over from the chance that ensued.

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The Millers' reprieve lasted for only a matter of seconds, however. Ryan Longman took aim from the left and it was some strike that had goalkeeper Viktor Johansson clutching at air as the ball flew into the far corner.

Record signing Sam Nombe was in the visitors' starting 11 for the first time since his £1-million-plus switch from Exeter City late on in the transfer window.

Also making their first starts in a side showing three changes to the one that had lost at Huddersfield at the weekend were Sam Clucas and young wing-back loanee Sebastian Revan.

Cohen Bramall missed out injured while Hakeem Odoffin and Andre Green dropped to the bench.

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In the Millwall team was former AESSEAL New York Stadium loan wing-back Brooke Norton-Cuffy while Millers old boy Wes Harding was on the bench.

It had been raining all day and the deluge was showing no sign of easing as the home team continued to dominate.

Kevin Nisbet should have doubled the Lions' advantage in the 35th minute and cursed himself for directing his header straight at Johansson when he had both sides of the goal to aim at.

The keeper had a much more difficult save to make five minutes later when Casper De Norre's fierce, low effort had him diving sharply to his right in front of an away following of around 250 fans.

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Rotherham had changed shape as well as personnel, opting for a 3-5-2 formation rather than the 4-3-3 system they have adopted for most of this season.

It wasn't working and a half in which the Millers had offered nothing in attack ended with Zian Flemming heading wide from a good position for the hosts.

Nombe was withdrawn at the interval after he and strike partner Jordan Hugill had had no impact on the match.

Rotherham thought they had equalised with their first real attack of the contest, four minutes after the break, but Onyedinma's low curler after great work by Ollie Rathbone was ruled out by the assistant's referee's flag.

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It was only a brief flurry and on 58 minutes a poor evening turned into a very long one as they fell further behind when Flemming drilled a shot low and hard into the corner of the net.

With the game in the bag, Millwall’s chance-making abated, but there remained no sign of a Millers comeback and Norton-Cuffy and Duncan Watmore forced stops from Johansson.

Bradshaw added a third goal in stoppage time and soon afterwards the final whistle at last arrived. Still the rain came down. A wet night in more ways than one for Rotherham.

Millwall (3-5-2): Bartiosz Bialkowski; Ryan Leonard, Jake Cooper, Murray Wallace; Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Danny McNamara 82), Allan Campbell (George Saville 70), Casper De Norre, Zian Flemming, Ryan Longman (Joe Bryan 70); Kevin Nisbet (Duncan Watmore 55), Tom Bradshaw. Subs not used: Connal Trueman, Billy Mitchell, Aidomo Emakhu, Romain Esse, Wes Harding.

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Rotherham (3-5-2): Viktor Johansson; Dexter Lembikisa, Cameron Humphreys, Tyler Blackett; Fred Onyedinma, Ollie Rathbone, Christ Tiehi, Sam Clucas (Hakeem Odoffin H-T), Sebastian Revan (Arvin Appiah 73); Sam Nombe (Andre Green H-T), Jordan Hugill (Tom Eaves 66). Subs not used: Dillon Phillips, Hamish Douglas, Georgie Kelly, Ciaran McGuckin.

Goals: Longman 27, Flemming 58, Bradshaw 90+3 (Millwall).

Referee: Geoff Eltringham (Tyne and Wear).