Report: Rotherham United 2-1 Millwall

MILLWALL are now six points adrift of safety after suffering a catastrophic 2-1 defeat to relegation rivals Rotherham United.

The Lions had taken a lead into the half-time interval courtesy of Martyn Woolford's opener but the Millers turned the game on its head after the restart.

They equalised 90 seconds into the second period when the ball broke to Danny Ward in space and his drive deflected in off Jos Hooiveld.

Kari Arnason's towering header from a corner in the 85th minute completed the turnaround to leave Millwall in deep trouble.

With a trip to promotion-chasing Middlesbrough coming up on Tuesday night, the Lions' hopes of beating the drop could fade further.

Millwall had injury doubts over Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Woolford heading into the match but both players were deemed fit enough to start.

Taylor-Fletcher had been nursing a swollen foot while Woolford bruised his ribs during the midweek loss to Sheffield Wednesday but the duo put themselves up to play.

And it was Taylor-Fletcher who had the first effort on goal of the afternoon with a looping header over the bar from Dan Harding's cross in the fourth minute.

At the other end, Ben Pringle, who turned down a January move to The Den, tested David Forde with a 20-yard free kick which the Millwall keeper palmed away at his near post.

The Lions took the lead shortly afterwards when Taylor-Fletcher headed Shaun Williams' cross into the path of Woolford, who controlled the ball with his chest before stabbing a volley into the far corner.

Forde survived a scare in the 28th minute when he was charged down by Matt Derbyshire, with his kick ricocheting off the striker and wide of the Millwall goal.

A couple of Rotherham half-chances came and went as Jack Hunt's cross narrowly evaded Danny Ward in the box and Derbyshire glanced a header wide from 10 yards.

The Millers were doing most of the attacking but the Lions were always looking to counter and they carved out a golden opening in the 36th minute which should have seen them double their lead.

But Gregory, having beaten two defenders to Taylor-Fletcher's flick on, was denied from point-blank range by Adam Collin.

The significance of that miss became clear just two minutes after the break when Ward's deflected effort flew past a wrong-footed Forde to level the scores.

Woolford almost restored Millwall's lead with a far-post header from Diego Fabbrini's cross but the winger's effort was hacked clear just in front of the line.

A lapse from Harding in the 59th minute presented Hunt with a clear path to goal but the right back's sweetly-struck drive hit the base of the post and Forde saved Ward's follow-up.

There were half-chances at both ends as sub Ricardo Fuller saw an effort deflected just wide and Ward, looking for his second of the afternoon, was thwarted by Alan Dunne's last-ditch block.

Neither side was particularly free-flowing in the final third so it was little surprise that the winning goal came from a set piece – and it was the hosts who grabbed it.

Pringle's corner was floated to the back post and Arnason climbed unchallenged to power the ball into the bottom corner, leaving the Lions deep in the mire.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

98 thoughts on “Report: Rotherham United 2-1 Millwall

  • February 28, 2015 at 17:14
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    Ha but didn't Mr H say it was not a 6 pointe just look at the league table I reckon JB was getting ready for Div1 weeks ago and will look to get out of football now I can only see us ending up like Luton and all the others that have gone this way only thing that will keep us afloat is major investment and with our record not going to happen only have to look back at when we had Benny Fenton as the owner and we would do well but just needed a good striker but guess what we never bought one.
    50 years wasted following this crap

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    • February 28, 2015 at 17:19
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      @kell:
      Actually Benny was the manager who very nearly got us into the top flight despite the parsimonious policies of then owner Mickey Purser.

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    • February 28, 2015 at 17:22
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      How do you waste 50 years.....same amount of time I've followed them and had some brilliant moments...ones I will never forget.....s*** happens because we are a smaller club than most and will always have these up and down times...thats what following Millwall is all about....taking some very good as well as some very bad.....myb50 years certainly not wasted!@kell:

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      • February 28, 2015 at 17:53
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        @lessibthorpe: totally agree with 56 years following Millwall starting in the 3rd division south like you had some brilliant moments the ups and downs of supporting Millwall ,can't compete with money clubs this as been on the cards for 3 seasons now,will still follow them its in the blood

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    • February 28, 2015 at 17:24
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      @kell: we have an idiot in charge and still have morons in the stands trying to attack the opposing fans , this club is finished.

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    • February 28, 2015 at 17:56
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      @kell: exactly as my post last night I've walked away after 50+ years just goes to show what JB and co think of the supporters

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      • February 28, 2015 at 18:22
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        @southstand: just been reported that a female steward was hit by a brick , what a bunch of heroes eh , plenty of pictures of the trouble , easy for the club to identify them and ban them for life .

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      • February 28, 2015 at 19:30
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        @southstand: the fact that 2 thirds of fans disliked my above post is very depressing , looks like the hooligan element has more support than a loyal fan who doesn't throw bottles and coins at families . After 46 years supporting the Lions through thick , thin and even thinner that is a worrying statistic . I was at Tuesday's game and went home as fed up as anyone and after the scenes today that will be my last ever game . It's been hard work and at times hugely enjoyable . Hopefully the idiots will one day grow up and realise the damage they are doing to their club , but I doubt it , let's hope Holloway leaves with me as well . Bye all .

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        • February 28, 2015 at 21:27
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          @southstandview:
          Really gutted for you after reading that.
          Hope you reconsider. It is your club as much as anyone else's.I will have a beer with you at the Den if you change your mind.

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    • February 28, 2015 at 18:09
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      Next Season

      New keeper

      New right back

      Nelson

      Goodman

      New left back

      Fred
      New centre midfielder

      Powell

      New centre midfielder

      Cowan Hall

      New striker

      Peavey

      Holloway has said in the press conference tonight he believes we'll stay up and that we stayed up from a worse position last season,the man is clearly deluded

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    • February 28, 2015 at 18:16
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      Please dont publish his b***** tonight .....I cant be the only one who finds it a real insult

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    • February 28, 2015 at 18:36
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      I doubt it 50 years wasted. Spending time with my late Grandad ,, MY Late Dad and brother at the Den and then the New Den, then taking my own 2 sons and daughter to a Fa cup final, and then a semi final . And don't forget the playoffs and that silly cup final about 15 years ago. These kind of moments are memories no Millwall fan will ever forget. At Millwall we take a lot of bad times but hell it make those other moments great. I only 53 now but hey what a journey Millwall give us. COYL.

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    • February 28, 2015 at 22:12
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      @kell: How does the song go!
      " You never know just how much I love you until you take my Millwall away"

      well I believe my Millwall has been taken away, chewed up & spat out, but I'll still be here when it comes back, my love for this great club runs deeper than any player/manager or chairman, I will support this club forever come rain or shine, if we go down so be it, but there is still time to get ourselfs out the s***, this is Millwall FFS we don't di anything easy- we'll be back -

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  • February 28, 2015 at 17:15
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    Can't blame Lomas and KJ anymore.
    This is your team, Lunatic.
    I can't believe you would ever contemplate showing your
    face at the the Den again.
    Do everyone a favour and miss the coach home.
    You ain't wanted anymore.

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    • February 28, 2015 at 17:27
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      @The Humble One: @lowdown:benny Fenton was manager purser and his car show room down old Kent rd chairman those were the days

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      • February 28, 2015 at 17:36
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        @bobthelion:
        I never understood why they kept replacing the showroom window.

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      • February 28, 2015 at 17:55
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        @bobthelion: remember it well poor sod regularly his cars got there windows smashed

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