How the Millers have found a new way of winning in the Championship

1-0 to Rotherham. We might have to get used to that after the Millers chalked up their third win by that scoreline of the season.

We could certainly get used to the manner of the performance that brought that result against Derby as it was a quintessential Millers victory in the Championship.

Derby, heavy favourites before the game, were outfought, struggled to cope with the high intensity and were second best all over. There have been many slayings of bigger clubs like this over the years.

This was a much better performance than those that brought 1-0 victories over Ipswich and Millwall and gave hope that the Millers will probably be OK in the Championship this season.

They are certainly making a better fist of it than last time they were in this division, though under Paul Warne and on the back of promotion last season, we always knew they were going to.

But in registering three wins, in seven games they have already achieved something it took them until Boxing Day and 23 games to do last time.

Though only 1-0, the margin of victory could have been a lot bigger against the Rams, who just do not enjoy coming to the AESSEAL New York Stadium. Perhaps it is the long grass.

The Millers created enough in the opening 45 minutes to have put the game to bed with Michael Smith spurning two opportunities and Richard Wood and Richie Towell also going close.

In the end it was decided by Ryan Manning’s penalty, awarded after Wood was hauled to the ground, spotted only by the linesman.

Manning dispatched it with consummate ease to cap off an impressive performance by the Irishman that makes you question what the heck QPR were thinking in allowing him to join a side in the same division.

Derby boss Frank Lampard will get all the headlines after he was sent to the stands for accosting the linesman well outside his technical area, but the Millers deserve all the focus here.

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