Full-time: Nottingham Forest 2 Rotherham United 1

Matt Derbyshire wins the ball in the air. Picture: Jim Brailsford

Matt Derbyshire wins the ball in the air. Picture: Jim Brailsford

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Rotherham United suffered a cruel defeat in their Championship clash against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

It was a second successive league loss for the Millers, but the performance was light years away from the poor opening-day display against MK Dons.

Danny Collins scores for the Millers in the first half

Danny Collins scores for the Millers in the first half

Steve Evans' men deservedly led through ex-Forest man Danny Collins until the dying seconds of the first half when Matt Mills levelled and were denied what looked a clear penalty for handball straight after half-time before Michail Antonio took advantage of a fumble by goalkeeper Kelle Roos in the 61st minute to fire in the winner.

The tireless Millers sent Greg Halford up front late on as they went for an equaliser, but to no avail.

Collins headed Rotherham in front in the 13th minute only for Mill's header to restore parity for the home side seconds before the break.

It came seconds after a flag-kick which had been loudly disputed by the Millers fans who were gathered in that corner.

It was tough on the Millers who had produced an excellent first 45 minutes to frustrate the home side while remaining an attacking threat themselves.

In the opening minute of the second half a goalbound Jordan Bowery shot appeared to be handled by Eric Lichaj but the referee waved away strong appeals for a spot-kick.

Roos atoned for his mistake with a stunning diving save to keep out a Michael Mancienne piledriver in the 76th minute.

Joe Mattock made his debut for Rotherham and put in an excellent stint at left-back.

The result puts the Millers at the foot of the table, but they can take encouragement from their performance ahead of Tuesday's home match with Preston.

Nottingham Forest (4-4-2): De Vries; Mancienne, Mills, Wilson, Lichaj; C Burke, Vaughan, Lansbury, Antonio; Ward (Blackstock 63), Walker (O Burke 84). Subs not used: Evtimov, Fox, Paterson, Hobbs, Pinillos.

Rotherham United (4-5-1): Roos; Buxton, Halford, Collins, Mattock; Maguire (White 72), Frecklington, Smallwood (Thorpe 81), Newell, Bowery (D Ward 72); Derbyshire. Subs not used: Collin, G Ward, Green, Ledesma.

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire).

Attendance: 19,885 (1,513).

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