RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - November
Rotherham United began November in fourteenth place with the first game of the month being against Aldershot Town at Don Valley.
Before the game Steve Lewis joined the Millers as the new Head of Commercial.
There was some bad news and good news on the injury front. After being given the all-clear Ryan Cresswell went back into training but suffered a further ankle injury which might end up in an operation but the good news was that the injury suffered by Michael Raynes might not be as bad as first thought.
After five games, the Millers finally won against Aldershot by two goals to nil. Lewis Grabban opened the scoring on fourteen minutes after Shots 'keeper, Ross Worner, had spilled a Gareth Evans free-kick which fell kindly for the lurking Grabban to tap in. Four minutes before half-time another Evans free-kick found the head of Chris Holroyd who headed the Millers second home.
Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Guy Branston
Millers player in NPower League Two Team of the Week - Guy Branston
After the game, Millers Manager, Andy Scott, was pleased but said 'We got the job done and yes, we want to play better, but it was all about the win today.' He went on to praise the central defensive partnership of Guy Branson, who was on loan from Bradford City and Jason Taylor.
The Millers skipper for the night, Danny Harrison, got the armband after Alex Revell decided that, as the Millers hadn't won while he'd had it, it was time to hand it to someone else.
After the win the Millers had some more good news when it was announced that Jon Harley, on loan from Notts County, was staying further than the original month originally agreed.
The Millers had a rest from the League with the next game being the FA Cup game against Blue Square Bet Premier side Barrow. Barrow didn't lay down and opened the scoring on sixteen minutes after Conrad Logan had failed to deal with a Richie Baker corner and Paul Rutherford fired through a crowded penalty area to score. Not long after the hosts nearly went two-up but Adam Boyles shot hit the crossbar and went to safety. Lewis Grabban equalised on eighty-two minutes and with it looking like it would be going to a replay at Don Valley, Paul Smith handled the ball in the area and Grabban won it from the penalty spot for the Millers.
Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Lewis Grabban
In his post-match interview Andy Scott said it was a 'fantastic' result and that the 'character of the whole squad was magnificent. Everyone involved today was outstanding.'
The Millers drew Shrewsbury Town away in the next round.
On the 14th of the month the first sponsors of the new ground were announced. Eric Twigg Foods are to sponsor the West Stand after signing a three-year deal with the club. The Chairman also said that the new ground name would be a 'nice surprise for everyone'.
On the safe day Rotherham Reserves beat Scunthorpe Reserves four-nil at Don Valley. Ollie Banks and Marcus Marshall got two goals each and Reserve Manager, Darren Patterson, said he was delighted with the win saying they bossed the game from start to finish. 'I was delighted for both boys who scored, there were some excellent goals,' he said.
There was speculation that Sheffield United had been keeping an eye on striker Lewis Grabban but Millers Chairman, Tony Stewart, said that there was no truth in it, while Andy Scott said it was just 'lazy journalism' from around the area that linked the Sheffield teams with Millers players.
The Millers travelled to Valley Parade for their next league game. After just twelve minutes there was a blow for the Millers as Gareth Evans had to go off, after a poor challenge from Bradford's Michael Flynn, with a foot injury. On twenty minutes a handball from Luke O'Brien gave the Millers a penalty which Lewis Grabban scored from but twelve minutes later the Bantams were level when Chris Mitchell headed in from six yards out. Five minutes into the second half the Millers re-took the lead after a Jon Harley corner wasn't cleared and fell to Alex Revell on the edge of the area who saw his shot bounce into the bottom left-hand corner of the net and five minutes after that Marcus Marshall made it three-one. In the last minute of normal time Referee Mike Heywood awarded the home side a penalty after a dubious handball by Jason Taylor and Michael Flynn made it three-two. In the fifth minute of four added on the referee gave the Bantams a chance to level when he awarded yet another penalty for handball, again from Jason Taylor. Flynn again stepped up but Conrad Logan saved and, more importantly, managed to hang on to the ball as the ref blew for full-time.
Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Lewis Grabban
Speaking after the win, Andy Scott said, 'We were outstanding all game and for for forty-seven-and-a-half-minutes of the second half we were totally professional. I think everyone will make a big thing of the last minute penalty save but I think we deserved to be far and away clear by then.'
The Millers Reserves were well beaten by five goals to nil at Parkgate to a strong Derby County side and Assistant Manager, Darren Patterson told MillersPlayer, 'The scoreline is a difficult one to take but we'll take a lot out of the attitude and application we showed today.'
News from the new ground was that the club were 'seriously' thinking of putting in an artificial pitch.
Midfielder, Ollie Banks, went out on loan to Evo Stick Premier side, Buxton while Sam Wood arrived on loan from Brentford.
New boys, Crawley Town, were the last team at Don Valley of the month. A long goal kick from Conrad Logan found Brett Williams and he put the ball beyond Scott Shearer in Crawley's goal. But, after the break, the visitors hit back when Tyrone Barnett scored on forty-seven minutes and twenty minutes later Josh Simpson hit a shot against the post which rebounded kindly for him to stick the ball in the back of the net.
Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Jon Harley
In his post-match interview Andy Scott said that his side had to start taking their chances saying, 'they had two or three chances and scored two goals. But, we`ve got to take heart from the performance today and bounce back. The biggest disappointment was the amount of chances we had but didn`t take and, personally, I thought we made Crawley look 'ordinary`.
Brett Williams said that he had mixed emotions after he scored his first senior goal. 'I`m happy with the goal and I could have scored another one as well but I`m gutted about the result.`
Meanwhile, skipper Ryan Cresswell was hoping to be back in full contact training before Christmas. This season Ryan has played in just nine games, scoring in his last game against Torquay in September but also suffering damaged ankle ligaments which has kept him on the sidelines since. He was hoping to be back in contention for a place in January.
The Vital Man of the Month for November was Lewis Grabban
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