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RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - April/May

RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - April/May

Rotherham United went into the last six games of the season in eleventh place in League Two.

The first real news of April was that Crawley Manager, Steve Evans, name was being linked with the vacant job with the Millers.

Going into the Good Friday away game with AFC Wimbledon, caretaker boss, Darren Patterson, praised all the staff he was working with.

The Millers went in front at the Cherry Reds Record Stadium on thirty-four minutes when a long ball was launched forward from Ryan Cresswell and headed down by Alex Revell to Lewis Grabban. Grabs juggled with the ball a little and got the ball to the feel of Ben Pringle who drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the net from some twenty-five yards out. The Millers should have doubled their lead just after the hour mark when Danny Schofield was clean through but put his shot straight at the Wombles 'keeper, Turner. The visitors were made to pay for that miss when a minute later a long ball from Jack Midson found Luke Moore who found the net for the equaliser via the post. Sam Hoskins came off the bench for Pringle and two minutes later scored his first senior goal to give the Millers a two-one win.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Ben Pringle

In his post-match interview, Patto said 'we squashed the life out of them' and 'The lads are making it very difficult for me to pick the team because of the high standard.' He also had praise for loanee Sam Hoskins who got his first senior goal in the win saying he was 'delighted' for him.

On Easter Monday, 9th April, Steve Evans was appointed the new Manager of Rotherham United.

There were a few, let us say, negative vibes to this appointment but Evans asked the fans to 'get behind me' saying that the 'roller coaster started today and there will be some great times ahead'.

Chairman, Tony Stewart, said that the board thought he was the man for the job and that, off the pitch, Evans was a 'gentleman'.

In his final game in temporary charge, Darren Patterson's side took on Cheltenham Town at Don Valley and a goal at the death, in three minutes of time added on, from Ryan Cresswell, saw the Millers win the game.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Ryan Cresswell

In his final after match interview, Patto said, 'We kept going and the spirit and the honesty from them today was fantastic and I was really pleased for them.' Patto was to leave the club two days later.

The Reserves played Middlesbrough away and lost two-nil with Steve Evans there to watch.

Paul Raynor became Evans' number two which Steve Evans said was 'essential'.

One of the first thing Steve Evans did was to 'tear' down the fences at the training ground that stopped the fans getting near the players and then issued an invitation to all the fans to go down and watch training and have a cuppa and a natter to the players and himself. This left a lot of the Millers fans a bit bemused, not being used to being treated like this!

The Millers travelled to the Greenhous Meadow Stadium for the second time this season (first time was in the FA Cup) to take on Shrewsbury Town. The game started well under new manager Evans with Ryan Cresswell opening the scoring on two minutes for the visitors. They managed to keep the Shrews at bay until the stroke of half-time when Terry Gornell put the ball under Rhys Taylor to equalise. Two minutes into the second half Aaron Wildig put the home side ahead for the first time and, on sixty-seven minutes, it wasn't much of a surprise to the travelling four hundred and eighty Millers when the Shrews made it three-one with Gornell again being the scorer. During the second half the Millers bench and Shrews bench had 'words' with one another!

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Ryan Cresswell

In his first post-match interview, Evans said that there was 'plenty of pride' and 'Shrewsbury knew they were in a game today.'

The Reserves finished with a win against Gateshead Reserves at Parkgate. Sam Hoskins and two from Danny Harrison gave the home side a three-nil win. New Reserve boss, Paul Raynor was happy with the win saying that 'all the players could be delighted with the performance.'

The next person to leave the 'happy throng' was Head of Commercial, Steve Lewis after just five months in the job.

The Millers entertained Morecambe at Don Valley with Lewis Grabban opening the scoring on twenty-one minutes only for Jordan Burrow to equalise less than twenty minutes later. Jason Taylor scored three minutes into the second half to give the Millers the lead back but on seventy-five minutes Ryan Cresswell was adjudged to have clipped the heels of Lewis Alessandra in the box, giving away a penalty and getting a second yellow card for his troubles. Jack Redshaw scored from the penalty spot to equalise for the visitors. With it looking like both teams would share the spoils, a minute into time added on, Lewis Grabban unleashed a rocket of a shot and the ball flew into the back of the net to give the Millers all three points.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Ben Pringle

After the game, Evans said of his first win, 'We are all highly delighted.

A bit surprisingly the club went public saying that there had been 're- packaged' bids for striker Lewis Grabban.

The last game of April saw the Millers take the long journey to the Recreation Ground at Aldershot. The game was ten minutes old when Gareth Evans was brought down in the area, picked himself up and scored from the resulting penalty to put the visitors one up. Peter Vincenti equalised ten minutes later with Sam Hoskins putting the Millers back in front on the half hour mark. Ten minutes into the second half Guy Madjo equalised again for the home side to make it two-all. Tom Newey fouled Adam Mekki and got a second yellow on eighty-one minutes and three minutes later Jordan Roberts saw red for fouling Gareth Evans to make it ten v ten for the final ten minutes of the game.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Sam Hoskins

Steve Evans was disappointed with the point and wants the players to get into a 'winning culture',

Richard Naylor parted company with the Millers - he joined in January but has suffered with knee problems and hardly played. He was followed by Marcus Marshall and Ollie Banks and hot on their heels went Luke Foster.

Meanwhile, 'keeper, Andy Warrington was awarded with a further year with the Millers with Evans saying 'he had fire in his belly'.

The last ever game at Don Valley was played on 5th May and the game ended Rotherham United 1 Northampton Town 1. Alex Revell put the Millers one-up just after the half hour mark and, with it looking like they would leave Don Valley with all three points up popped Adebayo Akinfenwa in the final minute of the game to spoil the party and make it one-all.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Lewis Grabban

Steve Evans thought it was an excellent performance and had a special word for Paul Warne, who played his last game in a Millers shirt in the one-all draw, coming off for the bench for the final five minutes. He is now the Development Coach with the Millers.

A friend of mine wrote a song for our DVS departure and very kindly gave me permission to use it

D.V.S. © Mick Shaw

Farewell to 'the freezer`…………

We`re going away…………

Whilst we still have our fingers……

This was our last day…………

We needed…… a refuge………

They gave us a chance…………

But the pain & discomfort………

Put bums in a trance…………

They rescued our future

We are grateful for that

But the third team in Sheffield

Was not where we`re at………………

Farewell to 'the freezer`…………

We`re going away…………

Whilst we still have our fingers……

This was our last day…………

Our hopes now…… are rising…………

We have…… a new base…………

A first rung on the ladder…………

But the next one we`ll chase………

So onwards & upwards…………

On fresh blades of grass…………

Next time we must mean it…………

Not run out of gas

Farewell to 'the freezer`…………

We`re going away…………

Whilst we still have our fingers………

This was our last day…………

Whilst we still have our fingers………

This was our last day………………………………

Vital Rotherham's Player of the Season was Lewis Grabban

At the Rotherham United Awards Evening, Johnny Mullins was awarded the Player of the Year while awards also went to Lewis Grabban (goal of the season) and Andy Warrington was awarded the Community Player of the Season.

The Millers ended their campaign in tenth spot in League Two.

And now we look forward to a new beginning in a new stadium with a new manager …. 'start spreading the news....'

Date:Wednesday August 15 2012
Time: 8:49AM

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