It turns out that Rotherham’s recovery from an 18-month bout of travel sickness was only temporary as their form on the road continues to undermine their potential this season.
While the Millers are the most prolific side in Europe on home soil, away from the AESSEAL New York they continue to get beaten with ease, this time going down 2-0 at Blackburn. The win at Portsmouth at the start of the month appears to be nothing more than a murmur on an otherwise flatline of defeats.
In their defence, they have had a testing run of away games to start the campaign, but they were overrun by Rovers in the first half in one of their worst 45 minutes in recent memory.
Blackburn only had Marcus Antonsson’s 26th-minute header to show for their efforts, which for a while raised Millers’ hopes of a comeback, but Harry Chapman sealed their fate with a late second.
It could easily have been a far more embarrassing defeat – the sort Rotherham have been dishing out in their own backyard – but goalkeeper Marek Rodak proved the only positive of a miserable night as he produced a number of saves to keep the scoreline at a minimum.
Boss Paul Warne, who is left desperately seeking an antidote to their misery on the road, knows it was not good enough from his side, particularly in the first 45 minutes.
“We can’t come to places like this and perform poorly like we did first half,” he said.
“I’m not going to annihilate the group, they are a good group and we come back again on Saturday.
“They are probably the strongest team we have played, after 10 games that is the best we have come up against.
“Most of their players performed tonight and a few of mine didn’t. In the first half they were significantly better than us. We just didn’t do enough.”
From the notebook
– It’s time to end the Will Vaulks at right-back experience. Vaulks had a difficult night and found himself regularly exposed. With Shaun Cummings and Josh Emmanuel now fit again, there’s no reason to persist.
– The Millers were inches away from potentially taking a point out at Ewood Park. Joe Newell’s corner in the second half briefly snuck out of play before Richard Wood headed home to level at 1-1. That would have changed the game.
– Eighteen home goals in five games, but just two away. Rotherham need to find a way to replicate their creativity on the road.
– What of Newell? Every time his substitute appearances earn him a start he fails to follow it up. This was another disappointing display from the midfielder, who is showing himself to be a home luxury at the moment.
– You know it’s bad when Darren Potter is giving the ball away carelessly. It was his sloppy backpass that led to the corner from which Blackburn scored their opener.
– Easy to see why Rotherham wanted to sign Dominic Samuel in January. The striker gave Richard Wood and Michael Ihiekwe the complete runaround with his pace and power. He hit the woodwork twice in the opening 16 minutes and was a real threat throughout.
– The Millers won’t be looking forward to coming back to Ewood Park any time soon. This was their seventh successive loss and anything else rarely looked on the cards.