Rotherham United: Millers must check home run

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IT is stating the obvious but Rotherham United know they must rectify their faltering home form or their hopes of automatic promotion from League Two will continue to slide.

Saturday’s defeat by then-bottom Bristol Rovers was their seventh at the New York Stadium and their fifth in the last six league games at home.

Only AFC Wimbledon and Aldershot have lost more at home in the division - but only two sides have won more than their eight victories at home (Northampton and Burton Albion).

They have yet to draw at home and the only other club in the country without a home draw is Manchester United.

The latest defeat dropped Rotherham to ninth, just a couple of games after they’d gone third. But Rotherham can only watch and wait as the midweek fixtures unfold, starting with Exeter’s Monday night home game with Torquay with the Grecians looking to go third.

Northampton - who Rotherham could have knocked out of third place on Saturday - are at Gillingham tonight before heading for the New York Stadium next Saturday.

Manager Steve Evans endured fans’ criticism for the first time at the weekend.

Yesterday, midfielder Jason Taylor left the club and joined Cheltenham Town.

Evans had clearly decided he wouldn’t be playing Taylor again and said he had “outstanding midfield players” and that his match-time would be limited so it would benefit everyone for him to leave.

Up to and including the Barnet game a week last Saturday, Taylor had started 13 successive games, a run that began on November 17 against Cheltenham.

He had made 26 appearances this season and had been in every matchday squad. Signed three years ago from Stockport, Taylor made 136 appearances with ten goals.

He becomes the third player, after Gareth Evans who joined Fleetwood and Ian Sharps on loan at Burton, to join a club challenging for promotion with Rotherham.