ROTHERHAM United shook off the absence of manager Steve Evans to beat Torquay United at New York Stadium.
Chances were wasted but a 42 minute goal by Alex Revell was enough for the home team.
The Millers started on the front foot against a side with a reputation for being solid defensively.
A good ball from Pringle saw Revell get possession inside the area but O’Connor was crowded out just outside the box.
The first real threat came from Torquay. Howe robbed Hunt, made good ground and his dangerous low centre saw left back Tonge make an important clearance four yards out.
A shot from the busy Pringle went straight at Poke as Rotherham began to lift matters.
Then Odejayi was unlucky. He took possession around 35 yards out before running at Saah and then he veered inside and struck a shot from just outside the area which beat the keeper but hit the inside of the post and was cleared.
Rotherham went in front on 35 minutes. Odejayi, always involved, headed on into the area. It should have been dealt with but Revell put pressure on Nicholson who was going back towards his own goal and the Torquay man got in a mix-up with his keeper and when the ball broke free REVELL gleefully popped it into the empty net from a few yards out.
After Morgan made a solid header Rotherham then had two great chances to increase their lead.
A Revell header caused a mix-up between keeper Poke and Downes. The ball ran away towards the edge of the area but Odejayi fired over the bar.
A Millers corner followed two minutes later. O’Connor delivered superbly from the left and Sharps was unmarked but he put his header wide.
Revell saw a header saved after excellent work from Taylor.
Then Revell put Odejayi away, he went round the keeper, got his feet tangled up a bit and then saw his shot cleared off the line by Downes.
Revell got a rousing hand when replaced by Nardiello on 83 minutes, who nearly made it two when he hit the post late on.