Millers are quick on the draw to sting Bees

THE SECOND-half debate may still have some legs but Millers followers seeking reassurance got some last night at Griffin Park.

Let's look at it this way - they did not lose the second half, came from behind to save a point and, after the equaliser, were the side that looked far likelier to win.

Accused of not turning out after half-time on some occasions recently, they have not quite put the matter to bed but let's say they are at least on the stairs.

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Graham Coughlan chose a timely moment for his first Millers goal, a typically combative header just six minutes after Brentford had gone in front.

The equaliser certainly did more for Rotherham. It knocked Brentford rather than fired them into a response.

Millers could easily have taken all three points in the closing minutes and it would have been deserved reward had Marc Newsham stuck the chance away.

Their liveliest attacker, he was the player most likely to produce something. His touch and thoughtful play was not bettered on either side.

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With seven minutes left he anticipated Chris O'Grady's flick-on and went clear behind the defence. This looked like it - the defining moment, a winning comeback and after all we had said about second half fade-outs!

But goalkeeper Simon Brown came out, blocked the shot with his legs and Rotherham were staring at a sixth draw in 11 games.

They certainly deserved the point and if I'd to make out a case for a winner, then it would have to be Mark Robins's men although it was steady rather than spectacular against a team who looked low on confidence.

Not surprising after losing five of their last six. Their fans, normally partisan and a touch vocal, seemed somewhat subdued as if underwhelmed by League Two and their side's below -average start.

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It was fairly uninspiring initially with no one really getting anywhere until Newsham nearly broke through on 28 minutes.

He linked with Andy Todd and ran at the defence before making room for a low drive that struck the far post.

With Coughlan and Ian Sharps sound, Rotherham seemed reasonably comfortable and the only really anxious moment was when Charlie Ide nodded wide from eight yards.

Straight after half-time Stephen Brogan seemed to be tumbled from behind by a clumsy challenge and the penalty shouts were fair enough. Even more obvious had been in the first half when Todd, facing away from goal and right in the corner of the penalty area, got a blatant barge in the back and was sent flying.

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A clear foul. The ball actually deflected off Todd for a throw in. Verdict? No penalty and a Rotherham throw!

Newsham flashed an effort not far wide from a corner before Brentford led on 55 minutes, the Millers caught out by John Mackie's long ball and Lee Thorpe raced onto it to beat Andy Warrington on the angle.

Six minutes later Coughlan, staying forward after a free-kick, rose to a centre from Ian Sharps after O'Grady had set up the cross, and a looping header cleared Brown.

Peter Holmes, sent on then, shot just wide from 30 yards but then finished weakly after working his way into a good position.

Brentford looked edgy. Even so, in the fourth minute of stoppage time, they might have pinched it - a great ball from Sheffield United loanee Ben Starosta just evaded Thorpe at the far post.