RUFC - Millers Lose First Friendly
Rotherham United 0 Huddersfield Town 1
Rotherham United lost their first friendly fixture this afternoon against former Manager Mark Robins` Huddersfield Town.
The Millers were first out of the blocks with Rob Milsom seeing his pile-driver blocked by Terriers defender Peter Clarke and a few minutes later former Huddersfield player Joe Skarz sent in a great cross that found Alex Revell but the Millers striker could only fire over. The visitor`s first surge on goal was on ten minutes when Sean Scannell had got past the Millers defence but his cross was too long for James Vaughan to get on the end of. A few minutes later Skarz went in a bit too hard on Adam Clayton and probably if it had been a league game he`d have been shown a yellow card but the fact that Clayton got to his feet almost immediately may have stopped that happening. From the resulting free-kick Danny Ward forced Adam Collin to palm the ball away with Vaughan sending the rebound high and wide. At the other end a good run from Milsom found Kieran Agard who in turn got the ball to David Worrall who was stopped by the Terriers defenders. The ball eventually fell to Michael Tidser and his shot brought a good stop from Alex Smithies in the visitors goal. A couple of minutes later Vaughan got on the end of a free-kick and had the ball in the back of the net only to be flagged off-side. The Millers had a few chances to open the scoring before half-time. Firstly a Revell flick-on was cleverly stopped from getting to Agard by Smithies the Mark Bradley blazed a Milsom cross over the bar before Agard skipped into the box and tried to get the ball to Revell but it was intercepted by Clarke and put away to safety.
Steve Evans made a number of changes in the second half but it was the visitors who had the first shot at goal when Jordan Sinnott drilled a low effort from the edge of the box but it didn't bother Millers 'keeper Scott Shearer while minutes later Johnny Mullins was on hand to stop Jack Hunt getting a shot in. The Millers first try at goal in the second half came from a Mitch Rose header but the youngster`s control let him down under pressure. Daniel Nardiello was looking lively and he got a cross from the right towards Danny Hylton who just failed to connect. During the move Nardiello fell awkwardly and needed assistance to get off the pitch and went straight down the tunnel for treatment. Ben Pringle let fly from twenty-five yards out but the shot never troubled anyone and Kari Arnason then had a header that went just wide. The visitors were getting more and more into the game as the half went on and with three minutes to go Adam Hammill collected a throw-in and went in between two Millers defenders into the box before calmly passing the ball back to Martin Paterson who slotted the ball home past Shearer from about six yards out to give the Terriers a win.
Another good work out for the Millers this afternoon let`s just hope that Daniel Nardiello isn't suffering too much after having to go off injured.
Sinnott (Higginbotham), Norwood
Subs not used - Bennett, Carr, Ridehalgh.
Official Attendance - 2,444 with 421 Terriers