Wigan 1 Rotherham United 0: Why home form might be key for Millers to stay in Championship

Rotherham's manager Paul Warne
Rotherham's manager Paul Warne

It might be a new start for them in this division but some things are still the same - Rotherham just cannot find a way to win on the road in the Championship.

It might be a new start for them in this division but some things are still the same - Rotherham just cannot find a way to win on the road in the Championship.

The Millers' 1-0 loss at Wigan on Saturday, courtesy of James Vaughan's second-half strike, compounds a recent away record in the second tier that makes painful reading.

Not only is it three defeats from three this term, following previous reverses at Brentford and Leeds, Paul Warne's side have now gone 28 games without a win at this level, going way back to when they beat MK Dons under Neil Warnock in April 2016.

Perhaps even more alarmingly, they have lost 25 of those, picking up only three points from a possible 84.

Along the way there have been many tales like the one at the DW Stadium.

After spending the first half on the back foot and doing well to survive, the Millers got themselves into the game before poor defending saw them fall behind.

In this instance, Callum McManaman cut inside far too easily to shoot and Vaughan poked home the rebound after Marek Rodak had saved.

Then with 17 minutes to save the game, they gave it a real go but missed key chances, with Ryan Williams bringing out a fine save from Christian Walton before Michael Smith and Will Vaulks got in each other's way with the goal gaping.

"We were in the game definitely, and if we'd have got one goal we'd have gone on to get two,” Warne said.

"They're a great bunch of lads who have physically given me everything, but we've come away with nothing - and that is a difficult pill to swallow.

"Against an excellent Wigan side, who played Stoke off the park last week, I'm proud of the effort and how we went toe to toe with them.

"But at the same time I'm very disappointed to come away with nothing."

It is a feeling Warne knows only too well and as the Millers break for the first round of internationals it is already obvious that, unless something changes – whether that be mindset, belief, luck or a mixture of all three – their fate this season will be decided entirely by results at home.

Never has the lyric “It's up to you New York” been more fitting.

Wigan: Walton, James, Dunkley, Kipre, Robinson, Evans, Morsy, Connolly, Powell (McManaman 60), Windass, Grigg (Vaughan 60)

Unused subs: Garner, Byrne, Bruce, Roberts, Jones

Rotherham: Rodak, Vyner, Raggett (Robertson 19), Wood (Proctor 77), Mattock, Taylor (Vassell 59), Vaulks, Ajayi, Manning, Williams, Smith

Unused subs: Bilboe, Palmer, Newell, Towell

Referee: Scott Duncan

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