Bury were looking to bounce back on Boxing Day after they suffered a sucker punch at Peterborough on Saturday.
Chris Lucketti made three changes to the side that faced Peterborough United with Tom Aldred, Alex Whitmore, and Stephen Dawson coming in for Nathan Cameron, Eoghan O'Connell, and Chris Maguire.
Amazingly, today’s game against Rotherham United was the Shakers’ first First Team competitive game at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane in 35 days and it was also Chris Lucketti’s first home game as Manager since arriving 34 days ago.
Following the postponement of the game v AFC Wimbledon on 9th December, Bury have been away for 4 successive games. Their last home game was on 21st November when they defeated league high-flyers Shrewsbury Town, and Chris Lucketti’s side were looking to make the most of their home advantage, but unfortunately, it proved not to be the case.
History repeated itself from Saturday, as the Shakers found themselves behind early in the game after just 4 minutes when the defence failed to clear the ball to safety and were quickly punished. Bury could only half clear a Rotherham corner before Williams carried it back into the box and crossed, it fell kindly for Ball, who kept his composure and placed his effort away from Fasan.
Bury looked to find an instant response, as the ball was fed to Ajose to the left of the Millers' box. He managed to get a shot/cross in but there was nobody in the box to capitalise.
Things got worse for Bury when Lee Frecklington doubled the visitors' lead in the 10th minute. A good corner from Forde found the Millers' Captain, who managed to get across his man and made great contact with the ball to head home.
The Millers' had a scare when Ryan Williams escaped with a yellow card for a late tackle on Phil Edwards, with the home crowd baying for a red card.
Bury's best chance fell to Tom Aldred. A Bury corner came in from Nicky Ajose and found Aldred, who headed at goal unmarked at the back post, but 'keeper Marek Rodak was there to see it wide.
Half-Time: Bury 0 – Rotherham United 2
Bury were looking for a way back in at the start of the second half. There was a lapse in concentration in the Rotherham defence as Vaulks played the ball straight to O'Shea, who drove forward and picked out Ajose, but the Millers managed to recover to clear.
Greg Leigh came close to pulling one back for the Shakers by getting to the byline on the overlap to drill in a cross, which almost found the back of the net, but Will Vaulks was well-positioned to stop it from doing so before Rodak claimed the loose ball.
The Shakers continued to apply pressure with Jay O'Shea coming within inches on two occasions with a sharp low shot from just outside the box and an effort from inside the box from a Bury corner.
Mayor was next to have a go from distance but again, his shot was wide of the far post.
Mayor came close again in the 73rd minute with Leigh playing the ball through from the left, Mayor managed to get inside before unleashing a fierce strike which saw Rodak at full stretch, but his effort was just wide of the post.
On the 82nd minute, the Shakers were dealt their final blow when Will Vaulks grabbed the Millers' third goal with a spectacular strike from distance. Emmanuel's cross was only half cleared by Bury and the midfielder wasted no time in unleashing a powerful effort from range which flew past Fasan.
It was a disappointing day on Chris Lucketti's home managerial debut after the Shakers had rallied in the second half after conceding two early goals, but the Millers' final goal sealed Bury's fate on Boxing Day.
Full-Time: Bury 0 – Rotherham United 3
Bury: Fasan, Leigh, Whitmore, Aldred, Edwards, Dawson (C) (71' Bunn), Laurent, Ince, Mayor, O’Shea, Ajose.
Unused Subs: Moloney, Maguire, Tutte, Reilly, Skarz, Williams.
Rotherham United: Rodak, Emmanuel, Vaulks, Ajayi, Mattock, Forde, Frecklington (C), Towell (71' Wood), Williams (59' Newell), Yates, Ball.
Unused Subs: O'Donnell, Clarke-Harris, Ihiekwe, Moore, Cummings
Attendance: 4630 (Rotherham United fans 1452)