Rotherham United recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Burton Albion thanks to an Adam Le Fondre strike after 52 minutes.
After a scrappy first half the Millers improved in the second and were only prevented from making the victory more comfortable by an outstanding performance from Brewers 'keeper Artur Krysiak.
Ronnie Moore gave loan signing Josh Walker a debut in midfield, with Micky Cummins dropping to the bench, and he impressed in his first outing for the club.
The Millers had the first effort of the game after five minutes.Neat interplay between Tom Pope and Kevin Ellison found Le Fondre in space on the edge of the penalty area, but his curling effort was watched wide by Krysiak.
Rotherham saw another effort drift wide of the post soon after, with Pope nodding wide from a Nicky Law free kick.
Burton's first effort of note came after 20 minutes when Steve Kabba found the in-form Shaun Harrad inside the penalty area, but the striker's weak effort was comfortably saved by Andy Warrington at his near post.
Five minutes before the break the home side missed an excellent opportunity to take the lead.Kabba found space for a shot inside a crowded penalty area, but Warrington saved his scuffed effort with his legs before Tom Parkes somehow missed the rebound with the goal gaping.
Half time: Burton Albion 0-0 Rotherham United
The Millers took the lead on 52 minutes after Burton allowed a long ball to bounce inside their penalty area.Le Fondre found himself with time and space and somehow managed to bundle the ball over the line.
The goal settled the Millers and on the hour they came close to doubling the lead.Le Fondre's cross was volleyed goalwards by Walker, but 'keeper Krysiak tipped wide.The Brewers failed to clear the resulting corner and an unmarked Le Fondre headed against the post when the ball was pumped back into the area.Nick Fenton then saw a header saved on the line as the visitors penned Burton inside their own half.
Le Fondre again came close on 74 minutes, but Krysiak made an instinctive save with his legs after Law squared to the Millers marksman six yards from goal.
Marcus Marshall's first contribution after replacing Pope was to burst in behind the Burton defence before being brought down inside the area by Krysiak.Referee Mr. Stroud waved play on and allowed Law to cross to Le Fondre, but the Millers scorer's effort hit the side netting.
Burton pushed forward in stoppage time and Ellison should have wrapped up the points on the counter.Walker did well to win the ball in midfield and set Ellison through on goal, but again the outstanding Krysiak thwarted the Millers as he tipped wide.
Burton Albion: Krysiak; Boertien, James, McGrath, Corbett, Harrad, Penn (Boco 72), Maghoma, Taylor (Pearson 79), Parkes, Kabba.
Subs not used: Poole, Walker, Gilroy, Phillips, Grocott.
Rotherham United: Warrington; Lynch, Sharps, Fenton, Gunning, Law, Harrison, Walker, Ellison, Pope (Marshall 78), Le Fondre (Mills 87).
Subs not used: Annerson, Cummins, Brogan, Green, Joseph.