Rotherham moved in to the League One play-off zone after their dominant first-half display lay the foundations for victory against Gillingham.

Nouha Dicko fired in after controlling Alex Revell's header while Kieran Agard finished well for the Millers' second.

Ben Pringle's superb solo effort saw Rotherham 3-0 up after just 35 minutes.

Gillingham scored when Cody McDonald converted Adebayo Akinfenwa's pass, but James Tavernier restored the three-goal cushion with a clinical finish.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor Told BBC Radio Kent:

"First half, Rotherham were miles better than us. They deserved to be at least 3-0 up - it was a very poor start.

"We have to learn from things like that. We were lucky it was only three [at half-time].

"It was nice to get a goal back but as much as you'd love to get it back after the first half, we'd have had to score exceptionally quickly.

"It was not a good day. I can't tell any lies. No excuses."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Rotherham United

  • 21 Collin
  • 27 Tavernier
  • 03 Skarz (Brindley - 38' )
  • 23 Tidser (Tubbs - 88' )
  • 04 Arnason
  • 20 Morgan
  • 22 Agard
  • 08 Frecklington
  • 09 Revell (Vuckic - 83' )
  • 26 Dicko
  • 18 Pringle

Substitutes

  • 01 Shearer
  • 02 Brindley
  • 05 Davis
  • 06 Mills
  • 16 Tubbs
  • 28 Vuckic

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 23 Harriman
  • 03 Martin
  • 19 Hollands
  • 26 Barrett
  • 28 Daniels
  • 07 Whelpdale (Hessenthaler - 85' )
  • 32 Mousinho (Weston - 25' )
  • 10 McDonald
  • 09 Kedwell (Akinfenwa - 64' )
  • 18 Lee

Substitutes

  • 05 Davies
  • 08 Akinfenwa
  • 11 Weston
  • 15 Dack
  • 20 Carter
  • 21 Howard
  • 31 Hessenthaler
Ref: Andy Woolmer
Att: 7,152

Match Stats

Shots

24 8

On target

6 2

Corners

12 6

Fouls

9 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Rotherham United 4, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Rotherham United 4, Gillingham 1.

90:00 +2:38

Hand ball by Matt Tubbs (Rotherham United).

87:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Matt Tubbs replaces Michael Tidser.

84:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Jake Hessenthaler replaces Chris Whelpdale because of an injury.

84:33

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James Tavernier.

82:32 Substitution

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

78:46

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

78:46

Danny Hollands (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:04

Attempt missed. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

76:13

Richard Brindley (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:13

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

75:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 4, Gillingham 1. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Frecklington.

73:47

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

73:47

Foul by Myles Weston (Gillingham).

70:52

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:38

Foul by Michael Tidser (Rotherham United).

70:38

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:50

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

67:30

Hand ball by Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham).

65:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 3, Gillingham 1. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

63:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Danny Kedwell.

63:31

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

61:01

Attempt missed. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

59:09

Attempt missed. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

57:56

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Harriman.

55:37

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

55:37

Donervon Daniels (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

55:07

Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

54:00

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:58

Foul by Nouha Dicko (Rotherham United).

52:53

Attempt missed. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

52:41

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

52:19

Attempt blocked. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

51:45

Attempt missed. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

51:27

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

51:03

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

47:06

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

45:00

Second Half begins Rotherham United 3, Gillingham 0.

45:00 +2:55 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Rotherham United 3, Gillingham 0.

45:00 +2:36

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Joe Martin.

45:00 +2:19

Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:53

Attempt blocked. Michael Tidser (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:35

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Donervon Daniels.

44:27

Foul by James Tavernier (Rotherham United).

44:27

Charlie Lee (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:43

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

43:15

Attempt saved. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

40:41

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

39:40

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

39:40

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Richard Brindley replaces Joe Skarz because of an injury.

37:14

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

36:47

Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

36:16

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

36:16

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

34:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 3, Gillingham 0. Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

33:47

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

33:31

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

28:19

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

27:43

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Joe Martin.

25:12

Attempt missed. Adam Barrett (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

25:02

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

24:50

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

24:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gillingham. Myles Weston replaces John Mousinho because of an injury.

22:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 2, Gillingham 0. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Revell.

22:05

Attempt blocked. Michael Tidser (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

21:44

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by James Tavernier.

20:34

Foul by Ben Pringle (Rotherham United).

20:34

Michael Harriman (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:01

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

15:15

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

15:02

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

15:02

Adam Barrett (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:03

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

13:50

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Danny Hollands.

13:31

Attempt blocked. James Tavernier (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

12:52

James Tavernier (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:52

Foul by Chris Whelpdale (Gillingham).

10:45

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

9:52

Attempt missed. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left following a corner.

9:26

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Kári Arnason.

8:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Rotherham United 1, Gillingham 0. Nouha Dicko (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Revell.

7:18

Attempt blocked. Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

5:54

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

4:07

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

4:07

Foul by Danny Hollands (Gillingham).

1:57

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Joe Martin.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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