Millers Crash Out of Cup
Don Valley Stadium
9 November 2010 7.45pm
Rotherham United crashed out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this evening at Don Valley, beaten five-two by a dominant Huddersfield Town side.
Before anyone has time to draw breath, Town were one in front when Graham Carey set Jordan Rhodes free down the left and the striker bent the ball into the corner from some eighteen yards out past an unsighted Jamie Annerson in the Millers goal. The Millers should have equalised a minute later when a Stephen Brogan free kick found Nick Fenton's head but he put the ball just wide of the post. On eleven minutes a good run down the wing from Marcus Marshall saw Liam Ridehaigh put the ball out from the corner which Nicky Law took, finding Ryan Taylor unmarked and the Millers striker put the ball past Ian Bennett in the visitors goal. Five minutes later Town might have gone ahead when Carey took a free-kick which found Joey Gudjonsson but his powerful drive hit the side netting. Tom Pope had a shot a few minutes later but it never really trouble Bennett who got down well to it and the visitors maybe should have scored when Rhodes collected a good flick-on from Benik Afobe but volleyed over. But they did take the lead minutes later when Carey seemingly wandered past the Millers defence and had a shot at goal, which Annerson did well to parry out but the re-bound fell to Rhodes who tapped it into the back of the net. Five minutes later Town made it three-one when Afobe, on loan from Arsenal, scored his first career goal as he headed in a cross from the impressive Rhodes. On the half-hour mark the Millers had a rare attack but Law shot wide and at the other end Annerson did well to save at the feet of Rhodes. Carey, who was causing Nick Fenton all sorts of problems, had a shot before half-time that Annerson got his hands too and then he did well to keep the ball away from the on-coming Afobe.
Rotherham came out looking a little brighter for the second half and Ryan Cresswell had a shot from twenty-five yards out that was that high it nearly came down with snow on it. On forty-nine minutes the Millers forced a corner which was taken by Brogan and met by Luke Ashworth (on for Mullins) but his header went just over the bar. Normal service was resumed on fifty-three minutes when Afobe looked like he was going to shoot but instead squared the ball brilliantly for Scott Arfield who netted the ball from six yards out. Paul Warne (on for Ryan Taylor) received an excellent ball from Marshall but, after beating the defender, dragged his shot wide and Law had a cross/shot that was dipping under the bar until Bennett managed to get his finger tips to it and put it over for a corner. Both Arfield and Afobe had shots that went wide before a long ball caught the Millers defenders napping and falling to Afobe who skipped past Annerson and got Town's fifth and his second. Millers skipper, Ryan Cresswell got an injury time consolation for the home side but on the day they were well and truly beaten.
Positives from tonight`s game - I feel sure if Alfie had been on he'd have got a couple of goals - on the other hand, I also feel sure if Alan Lee had played for Town tonight he'd have taken our defenders apart