RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season
Wycombe Wanderers were the first visitors of the month to Don Valley and the Millers had Andy Warrington to thank for keeping a clean sheet and getting them a point in a nil-nil draw, after losing both Reuben Reid and Nick Fenton during the game to injuries.
The next three games were a rest from the league. Leicester came to Don Valley for the next round of the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy. It was a bit of a scrappy games but, once again, it was the Millers fans who went home happy after goals from Drewe Broughton and Dale Tonge gave Rotherham the win. A long journey to Aldershot for the first round FA Cup game was next up and all was going the Millers way when Mickey Cummins put the ball in the back of the net in the first ten minutes of the second half after a lot of Rotherham pressure. 'Shot stepped up their game but it looked like the visitors had held on until three minutes into time added on when Nick Fenton was judged to have fouled Morgan in the box and Grant put the resulting penalty in the back of the net to send the game to a replay. The Carling Cup was next and the Millers were the visitors at Stoke - perhaps the most memorable part of the night was when Assistant Manager, John Breckin, turned round and saw the thousands of Millers fans who had made the journey. His face was a picture! Unfortunately, this was the end of the Millers` Carling Cup run when Stoke scored a goal in each half.
Another long trip to Gillingham came next and unfortunately it looked like all the recent travelling had got to the team as the home side ended up four-nil winners, and to make matters worse, Danny Harrison saw a straight red for a reckless challenge on Barry Fuller. Andy Warrington picked up an injury too which was to keep him out of the side for some time.
Aldershot piled on the misery when they came to Don Valley for the FA Cup replay and scored three goals to the Millers nil (and frankly, they were lucky to get nil!)
Back to the League, and Bradford made their first visit to Don Valley. Rotherham set off lively and Ryan Taylor made a pest of himself all game and so it was a bit of a blow when the Bantams scored the only goals of the game - two in five minutes in the second half. Another three points dropped. Next was yet another long trip to Exeter and fans had problems getting there because of an accident on the Motorway going down. Rotherham had most of this game but it was the home side who scored first just before half time and it was Reuben Reid who salvaged a point after Richie Barker was brought down in the penalty area and Reid stepped up and put the spot kick away.
Vital voted Dale Tonge as Man of the Month after being voted three times as Man of the Match (against Wycombe, Leicester and the replay with Aldershot). Andy Warrington`s replacement, David Stockdale, was voted as Man of the Match for the draw against Exeter
After sixteen league and cup games we asked, on a poll, who was the best player so far and Drewe Broughton came out top followed by Danny Harrison and Andy Warrington.
November was not the most successful of months for the Millers and it must have given Mark Robins some food for thought.