KEVIN Roberts was an unlikely goal hero for Chester as they came away from Millmoor with a well-earned point.
The 18-year-old - a second-half sub for Tony Grant - burst into the area and headed a James Vaughan cross towards goal, only to see his effort bounce off the post. But Roberts latched onto the rebound and made no mistake with his follow-up to draw City level.
The Millers opened the scoring in the 57th minute when Peter Holmes's pass cut through the City defence and allowed Chris O'Grady to fire past John Danby. But the Chester keeper stood firm in the face of late pressure from the hosts, making a string of fine saves.
And there was controversy deep into injury time when a header from Ian Sharps appeared to strike Kevin Ellison on the arm - but referee Salisbury waved away the appeals.
STAR MAN: John Danby.
Rotherham: Warrington, Tonge, Coughlan,
Sharps, Joseph (Brogan 46), Todd (Newsham 78), Bean, D Harrison, P Holmes (Taylor 75), O'Grady, D Holmes. Subs: Cann, Hurst. Goal: O'Grady 57.
Chester: Danby, Vaughan, Butler, Linwood, Wilson, Partridge, Grant (Roberts 57), Hughes, Ellison, Yeo, Murphy (Holroyd 84). Subs: Ward, Rutherford, Sandwith.
Goals: Roberts 72.
Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).