rotherham UNITED old boy Pablo Mills delivered the final blow as Crawley won 3-0.
Rotherham’s man of the moment, chairman Tony Stewart, wasn’t at this first visit to Crawley.
Obviously that would fuel speculation that he could be getting on with the job of finding the next manager very quickly.
There can be little doubt that an initial list will have been drawn up already. Interviews are due to start next week but Stewart is someone who gets on with things and, who knows, he may have even been on the move this weekend?
In the sunshine Rotherham opened brightly and should have taken an early lead.
A defensive error saw Taylor go clear on the left and into the area. He could have had a go himself but elected to slip the ball back to the unmarked Pringle near the penalty spot.
He took a touch but it just allowed McFadzean an extra second to get in position and make a tremendous block when Pringle pulled the trigger.
A couple of strong headers by Raynes indicated Rotherham’s determination at the start and they were certainly lively.
When Pringle curled in a free kick from a long way out, the ball only just missed the far post with Mullins having narrowly failed to get a touch on it.
Rotherham then had a good chance to take the lead.
Bradley’s ball over the top sent Revell away. With the keeper getting his advance all wrong, Revell realised his opportunity but as he attempted to lift the ball into the unguarded net from just outside the area he got his contact wrong and it was way off target, much to the home side’s relief.
Then Rotherham’s had a let-off.
A centre from Howell was deflected to Torres around 12 yards out. A goal looked on the cards but his shot struck team-mate Alexander and deflected wide.
Skipper Mullins went off for a spot of treatment after being kicked on the head but there was nothing woolly about Rotherham’s early work and they had certainly started on the front foot and were proving quite dangerous.
Rotherham were then so close to the goal they deserved.
Cadogan and Pringle set up Bradley and he produced a stunning centre to the far post. Evans closed in, got there first with a header but McFadzean simply threw himself in front as much in hope as anything and the ball deflected off him and behind.
Minutes later the Millers were so close to what would have been a wonderful goal.
Pringle found Cadogan who measured an inch-perfect diagonal pass which dropped perfectly beyond McFadzean for Revell and he volleyed the dropping ball but his side-foot effort went over Kuipers and hit the bar.
It was Rotherham who had looked like the side going for a top three spot, not the home side. Then, cruelly, Rotherham found themselves behind.
It was a quick break, Torres sprinted away down the right, fired the ball hard and low into the danger area where CLARKE came sliding in to finish off and leave Rotherham crestfallen, wondering what they had done to find themselves behind.
There could have been no complaints at all over Rotherham’s first half effort and performance, and now it was a case of how they would respond to the late setback.
Well, they opened brightly enough, However, on 52 minutes the home side made a mockery of Rotherham’s efforts by going two up. Alexander got behind the defence, drilled the ball across, keeper Taylor pushed the ball out and Jason Taylor challenged Bulman but was adjudged to have brought him down. ALEXANDER firmly placed the penalty past Taylor’s left hand.
As you might expect, the home side were buzzing now and from a corner Taylor made a fine save from Torres and as the ball looped away McFadzean sent in a header which Taylor turned over the bar. A couple of minutes later Rotherham made a double substitution, replacing Evans and Cadogan with Grabban and Hoskins, and playing three up front.
On 66 minutes things were really rubbed in for Rotherham when they conceded a third and it was their former player MILLS who scored it.
A corner was curled in from the left by Davies, it went to the far post where Mills got in front of Revell and ended up sending a stooping header back inside the right hand post.
Hoskins struck a volley over the top from 15 yards.
Rotherham hadn’t deserved such a scoreline.