Rotherham United finally ended their disastrous away record during their trip to Fratton Park, where they faced Portsmouth.
Rotherham United had gone 29 competitive away games without a win, and only registered two points away from home last campaign. These two points were earned against Ipswich Town and Preston North End. Millers fans have travelled just short of 6,000 miles without seeing their side win away.
Today Rotherham faced a trip to Fratton Park for the televised fixture against Pompey. Portsmouth seemed to be the stronger side for the first ten minutes, but Rotherham grew into the game very well and looked very threatening for the rest of the first-half.
Their relentless pressure was rewarded when Ryan Williams slipped an intricate pass into Jon Taylor, who emphatically fired home a fantastic finish past Luke McGee. Taylor deserved to score after an impressive display in the first 45 minutes.
Warne had set up with a much different team to the one he put out against Charlton Athetic, when the Millers lost 2-0. He swapped three of his back four as he looked to solve the obvious problems in his back line. This went on to work, as the Millers kept a clean sheet – their first away from home in over a year.
The back four of Purrington (his first league start of the season), Wood (his first league start of the season), Ihiekwe and Cummings (making his league debut for the Millers) were solid throughout and had to be in the second half as Portsmouth began to put Rotherham under constant, relentless pressure. A number of quality tackles, clearances and headers ensured that Paul Warne’s men left Fratton Park with all three points.
The Millers’ last away win came against MK Dons on one of the final games of the 2015/16 season, on the 9th April 2016.
This 1-0 win took Rotherham eight places further up the table, moving from 20th to 12th.