FRIDAY NIGHT: Millers regret bringing out the Branston

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Rotherham United’s brand new signing Guy Branston was sent off tonight as the Millers nosedived 5-2 at Bristol Rovers.

They endured a horrible first half hour as they went 3-0 behind to Bristol Rovers.

Worse was to come with the much-travelled centre-back getting red carded and foiling any chance of a comeback.

Veteran home striker Scott McGleish, had started the rot after just 10 minutes, the home side punishing some sloppy defending.

And the 37-year-old scored a penalty 19 minutes later, awarded after Johnny Mullins had brought down Scott Rendell.

Defender Cian Bolger looked like he’d put the game completely out of the visitors’ reach when he headed in a third from a free kick.

But Millers responded in the right way.

Jason Taylor finished off a Lewis Grabban move to reduce the deficit to 3-1 on 37 minutes.

After the half time break, Rotherham came flooding back into the reckoning, Doncaster born midfielder Danny Schofield scoring off the inside of the post.

But the revival foundered when Branston, the ex Bradford City captain signed earlier today along with loanee Notts County left-back Jon Harley, was sent off for ‘serious foul play’ on 57 minutes.

Just a minute later United were punished again when Lee Brown converted for Rovers.

Bristol could afford to ease off after that, although substitute Joe Anyinsah notched a fifth with two minutes left- and it was a long and unpleasant journey back home for Millers team and fans alike.

Millers team: Warrington, Mullins, Raynes, Branston, Harley, Evans, Harrison, Taylor, Schofield, Revell, Grabban.

Subs: Longan, Tonge, Marshall, Warne, Pringle.

Attendance: 5,395.

*Read Les Payne’s view on the match in Saturday’s Star.