Millers beaten again

THE Millers suffered their second away defeat in four days after a blank night at Watford.

Striving to hit back from Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing at Wolves, they were beaten 3-0 by Slavisa Jokanovic’s promotion chasers, for whom top scorer Odion Ighalo scored twice.

The one bright spot on a sad night was news of Millwall’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and all is set for an important battle when the Lions visit the New York Stadium for a Championship six-pointer this weekend.

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Rotherham slipped a goal behind on 17 minutes when a slip by Kari Arnason left Ighalo a clear run to goal and he rounded Adam Collin to score with ease.

Only the athleticism of Collin prevented further damage as the stopper foiled Almen Abdi, Ighalo and Joel Ekstrand in quick succession.

There were hints of better things in the run up to half time. A defensive mistake left Matt Derbyshire clear but the striker shot straight at Heurelho Gomes and the home keeper was also called upon to keep out a good header from Arnason.

Watford emerged stronger for the second half and put the match beyond doubt with two goals in as many minutes. Troy Deeney slid in the first on 54 minutes after Collin could only parry a rasping free-kick from Daniel Tozser and Ighalo notched his second when the Rotherham keeper spilled a shot.

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Derbyshire and Paul Green both threatened to notch a consolation goal late on but there could be few complaints with the defeat.

Millers: Collin, Hunt, Fryers, Morgan, Arnason, Green, Smallwood, Milsom (Ward 64), Pringle, Derbyshire (Clarke-Harris 86), Sammon (Hammill74)

Referee: Andy Davies

Attendance: 13,468 (301 visitors)