FULL TIME: ROTHERHAM 0 BURTON 1

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IT is now six games without a win for Rotherham United as they suffered their fourth straight defeat.

Justin Richards scored the vital goal after just eight minutes but it was a goal that had Millers goalie Andy Warrington complaining.

However just as happened on Tuesday, the Millers found themselves conceding an early goal - and it was the third successive home game in which they have gone behind inside the first 10 minutes.

It began with Phillips running at the defence and going past Mullins.

He slipped the ball out to Taylor on the right and his shot got a deflection off the challenging Newey and as the ball dropped beyond Warrington and towards the empty net RICHARDS appeared to turn it over the line and at least seem to claim it. At that moment Warrington could be seen appealing for offside against Richards, perhaps with some justification, but the Taylor shot looked to be going in anyway.

Pre match it had to be considered that sequences, whether winning or not winning, can sometimes sneak up on a team almost unnoticed.

Rotherham went into this game with memories still very much fresh about their good start. Yet they kicked off not having won in five and with three straight defeats behind them.

Hardly a crisis, of course, but sequences such as this also need ending pretty sharpish or they soon start to have an effect.

Certainly there had been nothing wrong with the team’s confidence considering how they played against the Blades on Tuesday. But the trick is to take that confidence into today.

But as that goal went in little had been seen of Rotherham and it was Burton who made the running for a spell after it as well as Rotherham struggled to put anything together in contrast to the other night.

However in the second half Rotherham were certainly much improved and it was a full-on survival battle for Burton.

Marshall, on as sub, could have levelled it up straightaway when Harrison’s 20 yarder was superbly pushed away by Atkins and Marshall drove the rebound wide.The Rotherham pressure was constant this half, Evans had certainly lifted things and he went on a tremendous run which took him away from three challenges before his shot was turned over by Atkins.From the corner Mullins saw his header bounce down and over the bar.

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