Rotherham 1 Sheff Utd 1
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
A keenly disputed penalty - expertly converted by Jack Lester - had put The Blades ahead after 48 minutes, but The Millers struck back through Andy Monkhouse.
Both sides started slowly with only half chances arriving early on, with Monkhouse and Dries Boussatta both spurning their opportunities.
Michael Proctor then had the best chance of the first half just moments before the interval as he turned in the six-yard box with goal at his mercy - but he blasted high which gave Paddy Kenny the chance to tip the ball over.
Against the run of play it was the visitors who went ahead when Chris Swailes was adjudged to have tripped Andy Gray after some neat trickery from the Scottish international.
Lester took advantage as he slotted easily past Mike Pollitt in the home goal.
However, Rotherham kept up their positive approach and were level within five minutes.
Martin Butler created the goal as he worked his way down the right and to the by-line before dragging the ball back for Monkhouse - who side footed home from six yards.
Butler then had two good chances, but he put one header wide and Kenny saved the other.
Proctor could then have put Rotherham ahead after Scott Minto crossed, but he could only fire wide.
Undeservedly the visitors almost won it late on when Michael Tonge unleashed a scintillating drive from the edge of the area, but Pollitt palmed it out to make sure his side took a share of the spoils.
The point means Rotherham drop to 18th, while Sheffield United move into third spot after Wigan lost at West Bromwich Albion.