Lincoln City crashed out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the first hurdle on Tuesday night as they went down 1-0 to Rotherham in a drab affair at the Don Valley Stadium.

Prolific Miller’s striker Adam Le Fondre was once again the Imps’ slayer after his deflected strike beat Joe Anyon just a minute into the second half.

The closest that Chris Sutton’s side came to an equaliser was when a Ben Hutchinson shot shaved the post just moments after the only goal of the game.

Sutton made three changes to the side that drew with Crewe at Sincil Bank on Saturday. Albert Jarrett was away on international duty with Sierra Leone, while Ian Pearce was rested. Jamie Clapham was also replaced, with the ex-Ipswich man dropping to the bench. Scott Kerr returned to the Imps’ starting line-up along with Moses Swaibu and young striker Andy Hutchinson.

The relatively small amount of changes to the City starting eleven was partly down to the popularity of the physio room at the moment. That situation may have been further confounded by an injury to Paul Green which forced the defender off in the first half of the game.

Manager Sutton and Lincoln fans will be hoping that Green’s injury is nothing but a niggle and that he recovers in time to face Chesterfield on Saturday.