Rotherham’s decent home record continued as they defeated 14th placed Brentford in an exciting game at the New York Stadium on Saturday.
It was a performance that demonstrated the Millers are up for the relegation fight for the second year running, as they never stopped working for a deserved 2-1 win over Brentford.
Goals from Derbyshire and Danny Ward settled the affair with a controversial penalty from Judge saved by Lee Camp then followed up by the impressive Brentford man.
The result pushes Rotherham just three points away from MK Dons who haven’t won in three, while it also puts the South Yorkshire side four points ahead of 23rd placed Bolton.
As for Brentford they have now lost four of their last five and while they are very much safe from relegation, Dean Smith will be unhappy that they have not been able to capitalise on their previous season.
This will be seen as a poor loss for Brentford but for Neil Warnock and Rotherham – it will be seen as a vital victory.
Here are three things we learned from Rotherham’s 2-1 victory over Brentford……
1) Rotherham’s defensive determination
A problem that still lingers at Rotherham is their inability to grind out results. Their tally of five draws is the lowest in the league and it just shows that they struggle to hold onto points.
However against Brentford it was not an easy game and the Millers were carved open a number of times. What set them apart this time however was their defensive determination, towards the end of the game especially with the likes of Camp, Broadfoot and Wood putting in a number of key blocks.
Arguably Alan Judge’s penalty should not have been given as Frecklington’s challenge looked a good one but despite the loss of the clean sheet, it will be welcoming for Neil Warnock that his defence were fighting for a result in front of the home fans.
2) The difference between home and away performances for Rotherham
At home Rotherham have picked up wins against the likes of Hull City, Brighton and now sides like Brentford while away from home they just seem to falter.
In front of the fans the players seem more determined to run that extra yard and put in more tackles while away from home they appear to struggle to settle.
Winnable games against the likes of Bolton, Leeds and Preston away from home have just seen sub-par performances and disappointment while at least in most of their home games the players put in real shifts.
Against Brentford it was easy to see the huge difference in Rotherham when they are at home and to avoid relegation they must capitalise on these impressive home performances.
3) Brentford must improve their discipline
Brentford gave away 20 fouls against Rotherham and the stop-start nature of the play constantly did not allow the Bees to put together counter-attacks against the Millers.
They gave away a number of fouls around the box and that was where Rotherham created a number of their chances.
Rotherham have scored goals in double figures from set-pieces this season and against Brentford they were a real danger.
For Dean Smith and his side they will want to give away less fouls in future games and learn to keep it tight at the back in away games because they really struggled against a team they should probably be beating.
Rotherham fans, are you happy with the result? Do you think you can avoid relegation? Brentford fans, what went wrong? Let us know in the comments below!