Millers FT: Brentford 0, Rotherham United 1

Mark Bradley heads Rotherham's winner
Mark Bradley heads Rotherham's winner
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Rotherham United retained their unbeaten away record with a terrific 1-0 win at promotion-chasing Brentford.

He injured his groin on international duty with Northern Ireland last month but is now back and ready to resume full training on Monday.

Whether the York game in the JPT on Tuesday is too soon for a return remains to be seen but he could take some part and should certainly be in the squad for next Saturday’s home game with Swindon.

Missing from that game, and also at York, will be Kari Arnason because of World Cup qualifying duty with Iceland.

Shearer flew out to punch away McCormack’s centre and it set Pringle off up the left. He earned a corner but it was cleared.

Early indications were that this would be a fast-paced game and both sides were going at it with vigour.

A good header by Morgan eight yards out was important before Agard and McCormack had a lengthy talking-to after the Millers man reacted to elbow use by the home man.

Donaldson showed his threat with a run and shot which Shearer was behind and it had been a high tempo start with combative challenges all over the pitch.

On 14 minutes Rotherham were in front and it was right back BRADLEY, who had three chances last week, who got it.

A foul on Revell on the left saw Pringle swing the free-kick towards the far post and Bradley proved stronger than his marker to head in.

This was talked of as a real test for the Millers and it was but, so far, they were handling it really impressively and had really tucked into what was a tough, physical test as well.

Skarz almost had a chance from, Arnason’s quick throw. Then Agard was booked for diving - he had been clipped but took another stride before going down.

Then Shearer saved Rotherham.

A good move saw Forshaw put Donaldson free but the big keeper got his angles right, blocked the shot and pounced on the loose ball.

It was all-action stuff and a smart Millers move ended with Tubbs firing a 25 yarder that Button saved.

Milsom went down on the edge of the area and to his amazement he was booked for diving!

Frecklington was booked for a foul then Shearer turned aside an effort from Saunders before claiming the corner when it came over.

Rotherham had done well and would have been pleased with their display but this half was going to be a real test. The home side put on Grigg, for whom they have to been ordered to pay Walsall over £325,000, in place of Trotta.

Rotherham, going towards their fans, threatened with Pringle’s inswinging free-kick that Bradley almost reached. The Millers were working hard all over the pitch and regardless of the eventual outcome, they had shown their ability and their desire against a side really testing them.

A splendid break almost extended the lead. Frecklington nicked it, Revell found Tubbs who was moving clear towards the area but he was came pressure and fired a left footer from 20 yards wide of the near post.

Just past the hour, Tubbs was replaced by Hylton for his first appearance. It was enthralling stuff and the Millers, with Arnason and Morgan outstanding, were standing up wonderfully well.

Rotherham then had a chance when a error saw Revell lift the ball over Taylor, run on but fire wide of the far post from 18 yards.

Brentford replaced midfielder Diagouraga with a striker El Alagui.

The Millers were by no means happy to hold on, and Hylton showed his ability by turning a defender and seeing his shot deflected wide.

McCormack was replaced by Saville as Brentford looked to find a way through this stubborn Millers defending.

Then Pringle struck a half-chance wide.Shearer came out to claim a high free-kick and then Arnason diverted a Forshaw shot wide.

With eight minutes left, Milsom was replaced by Tidser and four minutes later, Eaves replaced Revell.

It really had been a great effort by the Millers, both defending and attacking and, thanks to a wonder save in injury time by Shearer from Saville, retained their unbeaten away record.