There was the familiar taste of defeat for Rotherham as they were beaten 1-0 at Bristol City. Here’s how things unfolded at Ashton Gate.
Bristol City earned their first win since early December as Milan Djuric’s second-half goal punished Rotherham for more missed chances.
The Millers, who have still only won one point away from home this season, were in the game for large parts against a side without a win in nine games, but they could not find a way through, despite good chances in the first half.
None was better than the one that fell to Danny Ward, who put in a disappointing display, as he drilled wide from a good position after Joe Newell’s good cross.
They were inevitably punished late on as Djuric headed home after Richard O’Donnell could only parry Jamie Paterson’s rifled effort.
There was no way back for the Millers as they suffered a fourth defeat on the bounce.
Moments after a promising attack, Rotherham found themselves behind as Djuric scored the only goal of the game. It was harsh on the Millers but the striker was in the right place at the right time.
Back in the team after a groin injury and playing in a central role, all of Rotherham’s creativity came from Joe Newell. His ability to see a pass and get past players was the real quality in an otherwise limp attacking effort.
The rap sheet
This was their 15th away defeat of the season, picking up just one point on the road so far. They have failed to score in the last four games and are now 15 points from safety.
It’s clear to see that Bristol City have problems and on this evidence, their winless run comes as no surprise. Their fans are turning on manager Lee Johnson and another afternoon of frustration looked on the cards. But a triple change by Johnson changed the game and they found a way to win it. Based on this performance, though, they are locked in a relegation battle. Luckily for them there are only two spots to avoid.
Rotherham (4-1-4-1): O’Donnell; Kelly (Blackstock 85), Ajayi, Wood, Purrington; Smallwood; Forde (Taylor 67), Vaulks, Newell, Mattock (Yates 63); Ward
Subs not used: Bilboe, Allan, Bray, Warren.
Referee: Peter Bankes
Attendance: 18,737 (210)