Shrewsbury Town crashed to a sixth straight home defeat as Rotherham United tore them apart with three goals inside the first 21 minutes.

QPR loan striker Tom Hitchcock headed the Millers in front from ex-Town loan man James Tavernier's cross.

Then, after Tom Eaves had hit the post for Shrewsbury, Ben Pringle made it two with a left-foot volley from 18 yards.

  • Shrewsbury Town have not scored at home now in over eight hours of football. Their last goal at the Meadow was from on-loan Reading striker Gozie Ugwu, after 16 minutes, in the 2-1 reverse against Oldham on 26 November - the first of their six straight home defeats.

Tavernier, on loan from Newcastle United, added a close-range third with a right-foot shot.

Rotherham's pace and movement proved too much for Shrewsbury, whose injury crisis had reduced manager Graham Turner to having to pick two injured players on his bench.

The Millers could have won by more, but Town keeper Chris Weale made a stunning save to claw away Kieran Agard's header before Pringle hit the bar with the last kick of the first half.

Lee Frecklington missed a golden chance when he rounded the keeper late on, only to miscue wide of the target.

Shrewsbury slip to 20th - just a point above the League One relegation zone - while Rotherham remain fifth, 12 points of the automatic promotion places.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"You can't concede goals like that. They were appalling. And we have asked for it, with poor defending. We couldn't cope with Rotherham's threat.

"It was an embarrassing 20 minutes. After that, the least you should expect is to up the tempo.

"Confidence has been drained from the players over the past few weeks and we have to ideally bring in a few additions to try and rectify that - we've worked hard at that, but not yet achieved anything.

"I take full responsibility for the result. I have never been anything but confident of managing a Football League team. We'll have to see what the next few days and next few weeks bring."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 18 Goldson Booked
  • 03 Jacobson Booked
  • 22 Woods
  • 06 Winfield
  • 16 Mkandawire Booked
  • 11 Taylor
  • 08 McAllister
  • 24 Eaves (Bradshaw - 80' )
  • 29 Hall (Marsden - 66' )
  • 30 Schmeltz (Parry - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Grandison
  • 05 Jones
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 12 McQuade
  • 14 Marsden
  • 17 Parry
  • 25 Anyon

Rotherham United

  • 21 Collin
  • 27 Tavernier
  • 03 Skarz
  • 08 Frecklington
  • 25 Addison
  • 14 Bradley Booked
  • 22 Agard
  • 15 Milsom Booked
  • 35 Hitchcock Booked (Thomas - 66' )
  • 09 Revell (Vuckic - 82' )
  • 18 Pringle (Turgott - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Shearer
  • 02 Brindley
  • 10 O'Connor
  • 16 Turgott
  • 26 Thomas
  • 28 Vuckic
  • 31 Rowe
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 5,116

Match Stats

Shots

6 11

On target

2 6

Corners

7 6

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

90:00 +5:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

90:00 +1:27

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

88:34

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

87:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Blair Turgott replaces Ben Pringle.

85:18 Booking

Booking Mark Bradley (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

85:01

Foul by Mark Bradley (Rotherham United).

85:01

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:04

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

81:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Haris Vuckic replaces Alex Revell.

80:50

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:50

Foul by Wes Thomas (Rotherham United).

80:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Sidney Schmeltz.

79:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Bradshaw replaces Tom Eaves.

79:34

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Kieran Agard.

78:45 Booking

Booking Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

78:39

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:39

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

77:28

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

76:38

Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:38

Foul by Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town).

76:15

Foul by Wes Thomas (Rotherham United).

76:15

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:21

Foul by Ben Pringle (Rotherham United).

75:21

Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:42

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:42

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

73:29

Wes Thomas (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:29

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

72:00

Mark Bradley (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:42

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

70:43

Wes Thomas (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:43

Foul by Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town).

69:53

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

68:13

(Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:13

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

67:47

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Kieran Agard.

67:17

Foul by Robert Milsom (Rotherham United).

67:17

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. John Marsden replaces Asa Hall.

65:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Wes Thomas replaces Tom Hitchcock.

64:24 Booking

Booking Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

64:08 Booking

Booking Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

63:01

Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:01

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

61:22

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Robert Milsom.

58:48

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

58:32

Attempt blocked. Miles Addison (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

57:56

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

57:16

Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:16

Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

56:39

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by James Tavernier.

52:03

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Mark Bradley.

50:11

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Miles Addison.

49:50

Attempt blocked. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:11

Attempt saved. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) header from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:00

Second Half begins Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

45:00 +4:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

45:00 +4:02

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

45:00 +3:11

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +3:11

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00 +2:39

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

45:00 +1:46

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +1:29

Foul by Robert Milsom (Rotherham United).

45:00 +1:29

Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:33

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

45:00 +0:33

Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:00

Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:58

Foul by Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town).

40:21 Booking

Booking Robert Milsom (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

40:00

Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:57

Foul by Robert Milsom (Rotherham United).

35:35

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

35:35

Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:47 Booking

Booking Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

33:27

Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:27

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

30:55

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Chris Weale.

30:38

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

30:13

Attempt saved. Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) header from long range on the left is saved in the top left corner.

29:43

Foul by Miles Addison (Rotherham United).

29:43

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:42

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

26:27

Foul by Robert Milsom (Rotherham United).

26:27

Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:48

Attempt missed. Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

20:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Tavernier.

18:47

Robert Milsom (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:47

Foul by Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town).

17:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 2. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Revell.

12:48

Attempt saved. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

12:27

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

12:00

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:57

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

10:10

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

9:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 1. Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Tavernier with a cross.

6:37

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

6:37

Miles Addison (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:04

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:04

Foul by Kieran Agard (Rotherham United).

4:08

Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:08

Foul by Tom Hitchcock (Rotherham United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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