Rotherham United overpowered Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship last night, beating their South Yorkshire rivals 3-0 at the New York Stadium.
Jamie Lindsay opened the scoring on five minutes, with Rotherham pressure paying off.
Tom Lees then saw red in the process of conceding a penalty, with Dan Barlaser converting.
Lindsay struck again on the stroke of half-time, leaving Rotherham with the points in the bag against 10 men.
Paul Warne’s Millers now have their second victory of the season on the board, but Garry Monk and Wednesday have suffered three defeats on the bounce and are cut adrift at the bottom of the table.
We look at TWO things that are becoming obvious following Rotherham’s win over Sheffield Wednesday…
Rotherham more equipped for the Championship
The 2018/19 season saw Rotherham relegated with 40 points and just eight victories to their name.
Paul Warne’s side dusted themselves down and were promoted back into the Championship during last year’s turbulent campaign.
This time out, Rotherham look far more equipped to survive in the Championship.
Barlaser was a key summer signing and is looking good for Warne, with Rotherham posting two victories on the board already.
They sit on nine points and already have almost a quarter of the points they posted last time out in the Championship.
Four points separate them and Coventry in the relegation zone, with 13 points between them and basement side, Sheffield Wednesday.
Things are looking promising and there’s every chance Warne can get Rotherham on course for a memorable season.
Garry Monk under growing pressure
12 days ago, Sheffield Wednesday were beating Birmingham City 1-0 to move onto -4 points and give themselves a real chance of catching Wycombe Wanderers.
However, three defeats on the bounce paint a very different picture now.
Monk’s side are still on -4 and are five points adrift of Wycombe. Worryingly, they are nine points adrift of safety and bang out of form.
Last night was a big game against a side the Owls would’ve circled as someone they could drag into relegation trouble. Their performance fell well short of what’s required.
Monk finds himself under enormous pressure already, but things are intensifying as the sides above Wednesday begin to drift away.
A weekend meeting with Wycombe is huge. Wednesday, simply, have to win.