Rotherham United boss Steve Evans kept faith with the same line-up which played so well at Cardiff City for this afternoon’s Championship clash with Nottingham Forest at New York Stadium.
The Millers drew 0-0 at the City of Cardiff Stadium but should have won, and the home fans were today looking for new loan signings Tom Lawrence, Reece James, Scott Wootton and Emmanuel Ledesma to help end a run of eight games with a win.
Evans’ new pass-and-move style has raised hopes that his side can start to move away from the relegation zone.
Tenth-placed Forest included former Sheffield Wednesday winger Michail Antonio in their side, and there was a place up front for 12-goal Britt Assombalonga who played twice against the Millers last season for Peterborough.
Also in the Forest line-up was right-winger Jamie Paterson, thought to have been a loan target for Rotherham earlier this season.
A quiet first half burst into life in the closing minutes but still finished goalless.
There were signs of Rotherham’s new slick passing approach, but neither side were able to really impose themselves on the other.
That changed in the 41st minute when Emmanuel Ledesma thumped the bar from around 30 yards after twinkling feet from Tom Lawrence.
A minute later, Lawrence missed the best chance of the half when his first-time effort from Reeve James’ sweet pass was just wide.
Rotherham United piled on the pressure in the second half but couldn’t breach the Nottingham Forest defence at New York Stadium.
They had several clear chances to record their first win in nine matches but spurned them all.
Henri Lansbury prevented an almost certain goal as he blocked Emmanuel Ledesma’s fierce effort before Ben Pringle somehow missed with a half-volley from only six yards out.
Tom Lawrence and Ledesma shot just wide and Karl Darlow produced a fine save to keep out Reece James’ sweetly-struck shot.
Britt Assombalonga stabbed wide at the back post for Forest.
There were encouraging signs of Rotherham’s new slick attacking play but frustration that the winless run goes on.
The first half had been quiet before bursting into life in the closing minutes .
That changed in the 41st minute when Ledesma thumped the bar from around 30 yards after twinkling feet from Lawrence.
A minute later, Lawrence missed the best chance of the half when his first-time effort from James’ inside pass was just wide.
Rotherham United: Collin, Wootton, Morgan, Arnason, James, Smallwood, Green, Ledesma, Lawrence, Pringle, Revell. Subs: Thompson, Skarz, Bowery, Newton, Brandy, Taylor, Clarke-Harris.
Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Mancienne, Wilson, Fox, Paterson, Lansbury, Tesche, Antonio, Assombalonga, Blackstock. Subs: De Vries, Fryatt, Lascelles, Hunt, Ince, Burke, Osborn.
Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland).