The damage was done early as Rotherham United slipped to a 2-0 Championship defeat at Ipswich Town.
The Millers were competitive from the sixth minute onwards against a side who have now won four matches on the trot.
But by then they were 2-0 down as the home side opened with a flourish.
Steve Evans’ men fell behind to a Daryl Murphy header after three minutes and David McGoldrick doubled the advantage with a thumping long-range drive.
The visitors played their way back into the game, with their best first-hallf effort a Jordan Bowery header. The big attacker should have done better from Ben Pringle’s curling cross from the left than present Town keeper Dean Gerken with a relatively comfortable save.
After the break, Rotherham did most of the attacking, although truly clear-cut chances were hard to come by.
Paul Green’s deflected free-kick brought a good save from Gerken in the 80th-minute, with Frazer Richardson blazing over from a good position after the rebound.
Ipswich Town: Gerken, Parr, Mings, Chambers, Berra, Murphy, McGoldrick (Bajner 74), Anderson (Tabb 54), Bru, Hyam, Sammon (Hewitt 67). Subs not used: Bialkowski, Smith, Henshall, Bishop.
Rotherham United: Loach, Richardson, Broadfoot, Arnason, Skarz (Becchio 87), Hall (Derbyshire 59), Frecklington, Green, Pringle, Revell, Bowery (Clarke-Harris 74). Subs not used: Collin, Brindley, Swift, Rowe.
Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).
Attendance: 16,447 (495).