Shrewsbury Town 0-3 Rotherham United

Ben Pringle

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.

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.

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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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient2617633257
2Brentford2617542156
3Wolves2615742252
4Preston261394948
5Rotherham2612861144
6Peterborough2613310842
7Walsall271197642
8Port Vale2612311-239
9Swindon2611411637
10MK Dons251069536
11Coventry2612861034
12Colchester268108134
13Bradford267127633
14Gillingham279513-1032
15Crawley24798-530
16Notts County278316-627
17Oldham267613-727
18Carlisle267613-1927
19Sheff Utd266812-926
20Shrewsbury276813-926
21Tranmere266713-1925
22Bristol City254129-324
23Crewe266614-2824
24Stevenage266416-2022
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