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What The Papers Said - Rotherham United

25 August 2014

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That was certainly the feeling of the national press too, who clearly had Saturday's match down as a 'home banker' for Ian Holloway's side.

Millwall's home defeat at the hands of Championship new-boys Rotherham United was as surprising as it was disappointing.

This is how just a couple of the papers saw events unfurl, one with a local aspect to The Lions, the other for The Millers:

London 24

Ian Holloway wants his Millwall side to get back to winning ways as soon as possible after their long unbeaten run was ended by Rotherham on Saturday.

The Lions had not tasted defeat in the Sky Bet Championship since March but Ben Pringle’s strike just after half-time sent them spinning to a 1-0 loss at the Den.

Newly-promoted Rotherham had to withstand some Millwall pressure both before and after the break, but held on for their second league victory of the new season.

And Holloway admitted Millwall had been brought back down to earth with a bump.

"We didn't function like we have been and I felt I should have made some more changes, in hindsight," he said.

"I felt my attackers looked tired and were not quite as effective as they have been. When we needed some legs to sprint in behind when we were building we couldn't do that.

"We created one shot on target which isn't like us. Fundamentally that game should have been goalless.

"They've created three chances and scored from one of them. I knew how tough it would be because my scout told me that they were better than Watford on Tuesday.

"They are all used to winning; I thought we were and they have stopped that. Sometimes in life you've got to hold our hands up.

"It wasn't as good as we’ve been but we weren’t that bad either. We showed great effort and great understanding and we could still be out there now and the ball wouldn't have gone in.

"We want to start another run now and that’s what we’ll try to do.”

Rotherham boss Steve Evans took great delight as his tactical shift helped his side claim an impressive victory.

"We took a while to settle into the game," he said. "Millwall started much brighter than us and when you have got that type of vocal support... I have never been here with a team before but they were terrific and spurred on their team.

"In the first half (Ricardo) Fuller should have put Millwall in front but then we had two big chances, and in the second half we were a bit more offensive.

"We switched the two wide players at half-time and when the goal comes from that, from a tactical point of view, it is great.

"(Alex) Revell wins a header, (Paul) Taylor puts it into the box and Pringle comes off the line, like we ask them to do, and it's a good finish.

"We worked on that on the training ground. In the second half, I don’t remember my goalkeeper making a save."

Yorkshire Post

Ben Pringle scored the only goal of the game as Rotherham continued their impressive start to life in the Championship with victory at Millwall.

The midfielder tapped home after 49 minutes to ensure that the Millers made it two wins from four league games since their promotion in May.

Alex Revell could have given them a first-half lead when he shot wide from six yards, but Pringle’s strike along with some excellent defending proved to be enough.

The result, meanwhile, was Millwall's first loss of the season, and the first time that they had tasted defeat in the Championship since March.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans took great delight as his tactical shift helped his side claim an impressive victory.

"We took a while to settle into the game," he said.

"Millwall started much brighter than us and when you have got that type of vocal support... I have never been here with a team before but they were terrific and spurred on their team.

"In the first half (Ricardo) Fuller should have put Millwall in front but then we had two big chances, and in the second half we were a bit more offensive.

"We switched the two wide players at half-time and when the goal comes from that, from a tactical point of view, it is great.

"(Alex) Revell wins a header, (Paul) Taylor puts it into the box and Pringle comes off the line, like we ask them to do, and it's a good finish.

"We worked on that on the training ground. In the second half, I don't remember my goalkeeper making a save."

The visitors had the first effort of the game on four minutes when new signing Anthony Wordsworth sent a looping volley just over the crossbar.

Millwall had claims for a penalty waved away two minutes later when Mark Beevers appeared to be wrestled to the ground by Kirk Broadfoot.

The ball ricocheted out for a corner and from the resulting set-piece the defender was fortunate to see the ball deflect off of him and narrowly wide.

On 14 minutes Millwall winger Lee Martin forced an important block from Craig Morgan as he met a low cross from Carlos Edwards.

Undeterred, the Lions wideman then found possession on the left and delivered a delicious cross that Ricardo Fuller could only glance wide.

Millwall were dominating possession but, in a rare Rotherham break forward, Paul Taylor rode two challenges on the right before firing off target after 30 minutes.

And it was the Millers who forced the best chance of the half when Revell missed an open goal.

Broadfoot had seen a close-range volley blocked before Taylor unleashed a strike for the edge of the box. Forde managed to palm it to his right but only to Revell, who poked wide of an unguarded net.

Taylor, who had grown into the game, sent a fierce half volley into the side netting 90 seconds after the break, and they opened the scoring two minutes later.

Taylor floated the ball into the area and Pringle was well placed to tap in from four yards.

Adam Collin spilled Shaun Williams' near-post drive on 55 minutes and the Rotherham defence managed to scramble clear.

Pringle almost grabbed his second of the game a minute later but Forde did superbly to beat away his 20-yard drive.

Fuller could have levelled for the Lions after 64 minutes but he could only head over from Scott Malone’s deep cross.

Broadfoot then headed an excellent Pringle free-kick over, before Martin shot well wide for Millwall, as the game entered its final quarter.

Millwall substitute Magaye Gueye had a volley well blocked on 80 minutes but Rotherham held firm to take all three points.

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