Daniel Nardiello struck against his former side to help Rotherham ease to victory over promotion rivals Exeter.

The Millers made the perfect start when Ben Pringle seized upon a slack pass by the Grecians' Scot Bennett to fire his side ahead after only 64 seconds.

Nardiello doubled the lead after combining with Pringle, and Michael O'Connor's deflected shot made it 3-0.

Danny Coles got a scrappy consolation goal for the visitors after Craig Morgan smashed in Rotherham's fourth.

Morgan's first goal for the Millers added gloss to the result which sees Exeter - who have now lost their last four games - drop out of the League Two play-off places following Bradford's win over Bristol Rovers.

Meanwhile, Rotherham's comprehensive victory at the New York Stadium leaves them three points off the automatic promotion places in sixth.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"When you come up against an excellent side with a lot of good players and an experienced manager, who I have the highest regard for - I thought tonight would be difficult.

"We got the early goal which I think unsettled them a bit.

"When we play like that and pass and move as we did in the first half its very difficult to limit us."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Rotherham

  • 01 Shearer
  • 02 Tonge
  • 20 Morgan
  • 37 Skarz
  • 04 Arnason
  • 10 O'Connor (Frecklington - 83' )
  • 15 Pringle
  • 19 Noble
  • 09 Revell (Odejayi - 79' )
  • 17 Nardiello
  • 22 Agard (Ainsworth - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Warrington
  • 33 Ridehalgh
  • 36 Rowe
  • 07 Ainsworth
  • 24 Rose
  • 27 Frecklington
  • 16 Odejayi

Exeter

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 03 Woodman
  • 04 Bennett
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 06 Coles
  • 11 Davies
  • 14 Doherty (Rodgers - 70' )
  • 23 Dawson (O'Flynn - 46' Booked )
  • 25 D'Ath Booked
  • 28 Molesley (Keohane - 46' )
  • 12 Cureton

Substitutes

  • 24 Evans
  • 37 Moore-Taylor
  • 22 Keohane
  • 26 Rodgers
  • 19 O'Flynn
  • 21 Bauza
  • 35 Reid
Ref: Duncan
Att: 6,703

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

7 3

Corners

5 5

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:26 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +0:30

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Arron Davies played to the near post, Lee Frecklington makes a clearance.

87:42

The offside flag is raised against Daniel Nardiello. Danny Coles restarts play with the free kick.

85:28

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

85:03

Arron Davies decides to take the corner short.

84:24

Kayode Odejayi is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Pat Baldwin.

82:09 Substitution

Substitution Lee Frecklington joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael O'Connor.

81:10

Corner taken left-footed by Arron Davies.

80:18

Kayode Odejayi is ruled offside. Danny Coles restarts play with the free kick.

76:17

Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

76:17 Substitution

Substitution Alex Revell goes off and Kayode Odejayi comes on.

76:17

The assist for the goal came from Arron Davies. Unfair challenge on Ben Pringle by Pat Baldwin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael O'Connor. The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Nardiello.

76:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Coles - Rotherham 4 - 1 Exeter Danny Coles scores a headed goal from inside the area. Rotherham 4-1 Exeter.

75:22

Lawson D'Ath takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Skarz. Arron Davies takes the inswinging corner,

71:43 Substitution

Substitution Kieran Agard leaves the field to be replaced by Lionel Ainsworth.

69:15

Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Anton Rodgers joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tommy Doherty.

69:15 Booking

Booking The referee shows John O'Flynn a yellow card.

69:09

Kari Arnason fouled by John O'Flynn, the ref awards a free kick.

68:12

Unfair challenge on David Noble by Tommy Doherty results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Noble.

66:02

Jimmy Keohane produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

65:25

Kari Arnason challenges John O'Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Doherty.

63:01

Foul by Kieran Agard on Arron Davies, free kick awarded. Craig Woodman restarts play with the free kick.

58:48

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ben Pringle, clearance made by John O'Flynn.

54:59

Lawson D'Ath delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the area by John O'Flynn goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

52:10

Direct free kick taken by Joe Skarz.

52:10 Booking

Booking Lawson D'Ath goes into the referee's book.

51:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Skarz by Lawson D'Ath.

50:27

The assist for the goal came from Alex Revell.

50:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Morgan - Rotherham 4 - 0 Exeter Craig Morgan fires in a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Rotherham 4-0 Exeter.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Keohane joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Molesley.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Aaron Dawson goes off and John O'Flynn comes on.

45:00 +3:38 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:21

Jamie Cureton is ruled offside. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

43:30

Danny Coles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Revell. Michael O'Connor shoots direct from the free kick, Arron Davies gets a block in.

41:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Cureton. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

41:02

Lawson D'Ath fouled by David Noble, the ref awards a free kick. Tommy Doherty restarts play with the free kick.

39:22

Effort on goal by Jamie Cureton from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

38:21

Effort from deep inside the area by Daniel Nardiello misses to the left of the goal. The referee gives a free kick against David Noble for handball. Free kick taken by Pat Baldwin.

36:17

Kieran Agard fouled by Tommy Doherty, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ben Pringle from right wing, blocked by Tommy Doherty. Corner taken left-footed by Ben Pringle from the right by-line, Aaron Dawson manages to make a clearance.

34:23

Daniel Nardiello takes a shot. Save by Artur Krysiak.

32:27

The referee blows for offside. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

29:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael O'Connor - Rotherham 3 - 0 Exeter Michael O'Connor scores a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Rotherham 3-0 Exeter.

27:41

Ben Pringle provided the assist for the goal.

27:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Daniel Nardiello - Rotherham 2 - 0 Exeter Daniel Nardiello finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rotherham 2-0 Exeter.

26:38

Unfair challenge on Michael O'Connor by Tommy Doherty results in a free kick. Kari Arnason takes the direct free kick.

26:19

Dale Tonge sends in a cross, Artur Krysiak makes a save.

24:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Woodman on Kieran Agard. The ball is swung over by Michael O'Connor, Kieran Agard takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Dawson. Corner from the left by-line taken by Michael O'Connor, clearance by Lawson D'Ath.

24:04

Shot by Mark Molesley from just outside the area goes over the net.

22:55

Effort on goal by Lawson D'Ath from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

20:53

Alex Revell challenges Artur Krysiak unfairly and gives away a free kick. Artur Krysiak takes the free kick.

13:04

Michael O'Connor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lawson D'Ath. Craig Woodman produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Scott Shearer. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Arron Davies, clearance made by Kari Arnason.

12:20

Joe Skarz challenges Mark Molesley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pat Baldwin restarts play with the free kick.

11:10

Daniel Nardiello produces a cross, save by Artur Krysiak.

9:22

The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Nardiello. Artur Krysiak restarts play with the free kick.

7:28

Daniel Nardiello crosses the ball, blocked by Craig Woodman. Corner taken right-footed by Michael O'Connor, clearance by Aaron Dawson. Short corner taken by Ben Pringle.

5:19

Kieran Agard fouled by Pat Baldwin, the ref awards a free kick. Michael O'Connor takes the free kick. Ben Pringle takes a shot. Blocked by Pat Baldwin.

2:45

The official flags Jamie Cureton offside. Free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

1:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Pringle - Rotherham 1 - 0 Exeter Ben Pringle fires in a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Rotherham 1-0 Exeter.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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