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RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - August

After a less than successful pre-season programme (one win and four losses) the first game of the new season saw Oxford travel to Don Valley. There were five new faces in the Millers starting eleven, one of them being Lewis Grabban who got the only goal of the game three minutes into the second half.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Lewis Grabban
Millers in the NPower League Two Team of the Week - Jason Taylor

After the game Manager Andy Scott said that Grabban's goal was 'sweet' saying, 't was fantastic. I was right behind it and as soon as it was hit it was in.' Scott was also disappointed that he had to leave players out of the squad and said, 'There`s only five subs allowed and, unfortunately, you have to leave a couple of people out.'

Up next was the Carling Cup, again at Don Valley, against Leicester City. The game was an emphatic win for the visitors, four-one, with an own goal on thirteen minutes by Matt Mills giving the Millers the lead which lasted twenty-three minutes. Gallagher got the equaliser and a hat-trick from Schlupp in the second half sent the visitors into the next round.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Adam Le Fondre

Andy Scott said he thought the Millers did well for the first sixty minutes and picked out Marcus Marshall saying he thought he had an 'excellent game' until he was forced off at half-time with a knock.

The 12th of the month saw Rotherham Borough Council's planning board vote in favour of the club's new ground at the old Guest and Chrimes site.

The Millers first away game of the month was the long trek down to Home Park, Plymouth which saw Andy Scott's side come from one down to win four-one. Going in goalless at half-time former Millers' loanee, Will Atkinson, put the home side in front on forty-nine minutes. But two goals each from Gareth Evans and Adam Le Fondre sent the visiting two hundred and thirty-two Millers home happy.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Gareth Evans
Millers in the NPower League Two Team of the Week - Adam Le Fondre and Gareth Evans

In his post-match comments Andy Scott said 'our quality showed through in the end'.
Gareth Evans said he was 'over the moon. 'I'm always confident that I'm going to score goals and so I knew, as soon as the gaffer gave me a chance to start a game, there would be a good chance that I'd score and, luckily, I've managed to repay his faith in me.'

The Millers were away again at Gresty Road on the following Tuesday. Alfie and Ben Pringle scored for the Millers with Byron Moore getting a consolation for Crewe.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Danny Schofield

After the win, Andy Scott said he was proud of every player in his team and that 'everyone did their job.'

Before the next game against Barnet at Don Valley the Chairman, Tony Stewart, admitted to being 'gobsmacked' at the start the team had made to the season. 'The nine new players who have come in have bonded and are playing as though they have been here a long time and that`s all credit to the management team,' Mr Stewart said.

Meanwhile the Millers lost Head of Community Dale Spiby who went to take up a similar position with Southend.

The Millers dropped their first points of the season against Barnet. Clovis Kamdjo scored for the visitors on thirty-six minutes but five minutes into the second half Troy Brown equalised. On sixty-three minutes Izale McLeod scored from the penalty spot to put the visitors back in the lead with Alfie salvaging a point eight minutes from time.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Troy Brown

Andy Scott said that his team showed 'character' for coming back twice.

The Reserves lost their opening game of the season, 2-1 to Bradford City Reserves.

All the rumours going around were about Alfie as the transfer deadline grew ever closer. The Millers had fended off bids from a 'Championship club' and the Owls had made a couple of, what Chairman Tony Stewart called, 'laughable offers' which eventually led to Manager Andy Scott telling them to 'put up or shut up.'

On 26th August, Alfie did move on to Reading, who beat off competition from West Ham, Coventry and Sheffield Wednesday - and will, next season, be a Premiership player.

The Millers first game without their prolific goalscorer was at Don Valley when Gillingham were in town. Having chances in the first half, the Millers were unlucky to go in still at nil-nil but on fifty-three minutes, Danny Harrison scored his first goal of the season. Ten minutes later Lewis Grabban scored followed by a third from Gareth Evans which moved the Millers to the top of League Two.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Marcus Marshall
Millers in the NPower League Two Team of the Week - Gareth Evans

After the win, Andy Scott said that it was a 'really, really good second half performance' and that the three goals were all 'terrific'.

The day after the win the Millers signed striker, Brett Williams, on loan from Reading with the twenty-three year old saying he was 'happy to be here and it was a good chance for him to get some first team football.'

On the last day of August the Millers signed striker, Alex Revell, on a two-year deal from Leyton Orient. The twenty-eight year old said that, although it was hard for him to leave Orient he thought moving to Rotherham was a good opportunity for him.

The Millers played six games in August - five in the league and one in the Carling Cup - and ended up with six different Men of the Month! - Lewis Grabban got most votes for the first game of the season against Oxford at Don Valley with Gareth Evans being voted the Man of the match in our first away game against Plymouth Argyle. Danny Schofield and Troy Brown got the votes for the games against Crewe Alexandra and Barnet respectively while Marcus Marshall was a clear winner for the last game of the month against Gillingham. The Millers only Cup exploit this month was against Leicester City in the first round of the Carling Cup where we voted departed striker Adam Le Fondre as man of the match.

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Date:Saturday June 16 2012

Time: 11:12AM


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