MATCHDAY CENTRE: Same old problems undo Millers

ANYONE looking for chinks of light or signs of improvement will have been hard pressed to find any in Rotherham United's latest Championship defeat.

The Millers looked as out of their depth as ever at Derby County on Saturday and no nearer to curing the defensive problems that are inching them back towards League One.

Kenny Jackett is looking for solutions and trying to make the best of what he's inherited.

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But after making four changes at the iPro, trying a five-man midfield and seeing his side picked apart, it's back to the drawing board.

No team in the division is as falsely placed as Derby. This was their third win on the spin and they're making up lost ground quickly under Steve McClaren. They've also got millions of pounds worth of talent in the ranks and there will be easier opponents.

Apart from two even periods at the start of each half, it was still too easy for them and if it hadn't been for the reflexes and agility of Lee Camp it could have been four or five.

Derby were just too quick in thought and deed. Ex-England man Darren Bent and two-goal Tom Ince were a handful and their midfield raiders revelled in the time and space allowed them.

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Although there was an element of bad luck when Camp's block from Ince's first penalty fell for the forward to tuck away the rebound on 15 minutes, the Millers' tendency to concede goals in clutches showed again five minutes later as they were cut open on the counter-attack and Bent drilled in for 2-0.

There is often one of two attacking plus points to reflect on in defeat but not this time. 

Even with the experienced Peter Odemwingie making his full debut, Rotherham were fairly blunt either side of their one serious attempt on goal, a close-range blast from Joe Newell just before half time.

Greg Halford was recalled at centre-half in a hard-pressed back four and there was a difficult re-introduction for Tom Adeyemi and Jake Forster-Caskey as Derby bossed the midfield.

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Odemwingie was pushed up alongside Danny Ward in the second half and Izzy Brown came on and had a go but it was still a struggle.

The home team were over the horizon once Ince raced in to slot their third goal on 63 minutes, even though he'll still be in for some penalty practice this week after Camp got across to keep out his second spot kick, awarded for a foul by Joe Mattock on the Derby man.

The stopper might have been given stick by the fans of his old club but his saves, which included an amazing first-half stop from Alex Pearce's point-blank header, will have earned their respect.

Jackett is not one to panic but in Rotherham's increasingly vulnerable position, the need to start putting wins on the board is more urgent than ever.