Millwall 3-0 Rotherham: Lions win to go fourth in Championship

Millwall forward Tom Bradshaw celebrates opening the scoring
Millwall forward Tom Bradshaw (centre) celebrates opening the scoring

Millwall ended their sequence of three consecutive home draws with a victory that moved them up to fourth in the Championship.

Tom Bradshaw scored twice and forced a Cameron Humphreys own goal as the Millers fell into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

The defeat increases the pressure on Rotherham manager Matt Taylor, who has lost nine games out of 15 since taking over in October.

Rotherham were without half a dozen key players and Millwall took advantage to return to the play-off positions with only their third win in nine games.

Bradshaw gave the Lions, without a home win since October 22, the perfect start as he rose above bigger defenders to head the fourth-minute opener from a Callum Styles free-kick.

Rotherham keeper Viktor Johansson kept his side in the game with a string of fine saves from Styles, George Honeyman, Shaun Hutchinson and Bradshaw, while the latter blazed a great chance over the bar when again set up by Styles.

Conor Washington spurned a great chance to level just before half-time when sent away by Dan Barlaser’s fine pass, rounding keeper Bartosz Bialkowski but firing over the bar with only a defender on the goalline to beat.

The heroic Johansson was finally beaten by Humphreys’ big deflection on a volleyed shot from Bradshaw.

The striker made it six for the season as Zian Flemming and Andreas Voglsammer led a counter-attack, and when the latter’s shot was parried by Johansson, Bradshaw snapped up the rebound.

The win means the Lions are now unbeaten in eight games at the New Den but the misery deepens for Rotherham manager Taylor.

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 2McNamara
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5CooperBooked at 51mins
  • 3M Wallace
  • 8Mitchell
  • 17stylesSubstituted forSavilleat 72′minutes
  • 39HoneymanSubstituted forTheyat 83′minutes
  • 10FlemmingSubstituted forShackletonat 88′minutes
  • 21VoglsammerSubstituted forBureyat 83′minutes
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forAphobicat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Aphobic
  • 14Burey
  • 15Cresswell
  • 16Shackleton
  • 23Saville
  • 27Trueman
  • 50They

Rotherham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Johansson
  • 2Harding
  • 6wood
  • 24Humphreys
  • 30KiosoSubstituted forNorton Cuffyat 67′minutes
  • 4Barlaser
  • 22odoffin
  • 17FergusonSubstituted forbramallat 68′minutes
  • 16LindsayBooked at 76mins
  • 18Rathbone
  • 14Washington

Substitutes

  • 3bramall
  • 5McCart
  • 10Norton Cuffy
  • 15Bola
  • 25Hull
  • 26Hemfrey
  • 35Douglas

Referees:
Gavin Ward

Attendance:
12.899

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