FURIOUS Millers boss Ronnie Moore described his side as ‘spineless and gutless’ after watching them slip to a 3-0 defeat at Stevenage on Tuesday.
The defeat – the Millers’ third consecutive – leaves Rotherham outside the automatic promotion slots and 11 points adrift of leaders Chesterfield.
It also left Moore highly frustrated.
“How would I describe the performance? Gutless, spineless, that’s a start,” he said.
“You would have thought we were fourth or fifth from the bottom with the way we played.
“That’s not us. It’s the first time I’ve seen a side beat us up really
“We knew what was coming because they are big and strong and chase things and close you down.
“We told the lads to be brave, get on the ball and pass it, but our decision making was non-existent.
“In the end we started playing long balls but they were straight onto their centre half’s head and that immediately put us under pressure.”
Moore insisted at least one new face will be arriving at the club this week and suggested he will also be looking to boost his defensive ranks.
He said: “I can’t name names but we’ll be bringing a lad in who will certainly add a bit of pace to the side.
“And after watching that I think we might have to have someone in defence as well.
“It was just an abysmal performance and I don’t think anyone has come away with any credit and that’s what disappoints me.
“As soon as we concede a goal we’re like a pack of cards.
“I’ve said it before, when you’re not playing well at least go down with a bit of fight but we didn’t even have that.”
Boro opened the scoring when Peter Winn smashed home a low effort from 20 yards.
Adam Le Fondre saw his goal drought stretch to six matches but should probably have drawn the Millers level only for his left foot effort to go wide.
Byron Harrison punished the miss by turning home Rob Sinclair’s cross before Scott Laird killed off Rotherham with a fine effort.
* BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins was delighted with the contribution of striker Danny Haynes and Garry O’Connor as the Reds swept to a 2-0 win at troubled South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers.
New signing Haynes scored twice to give Barnsley the win while showing promise of crafting a productive partnership with the industrious O’Connor.
Robins said: “If there was ever a way to make a name for yourself then two goals in a local derby to settle it is it.
“I though both Danny and Garry O’Connor were excellent in the second half.
“It was not just about Danny and it’s always a difficult game against Doncaster.
“They are very difficult to break down but we did that better in the second half.
“I thought Jason Shackell was excellent and he’s getting better and better.
“He’s a winner.”
Haynes broke the deadlock on 54 minutes when he headed home a Bbby Hassell cross.
And he sealed the match 13 minutes later when he cut inside from the right and drilled a left-footed effort which squirmed under Rovers keeper Neil Sullivan who should have done better.
The defeat piled the pressure on Doncaster who have failed to win in six matches, conceding 17 goals in the process.
After the match, assistant boss Richard O’Kelly admitted the poor run of form was a big worry.