Millers Win First Game at New Stadium
New York Stadium
21 July 2012 3.00pm
Rotherham United's first ever game at the New York Stadium fittingly started with a win.
Starting in the sun at the NYS the Millers could have gone ahead in the opening minute when a neat pass from Kayode Odejayi to Daniel Nardiello saw Nardiello shoot just over. A few minutes later it was Nardiello again who saw a shot go just wide from a Ben Pringle free kick. Barnsley got into the game and had three chances to score, Craig Davies have a shot and a header that went wide while Scott Shearer did well to tip over a shot from Paul Digby. Although the Millers were well on top Barnsley's Jacob Mellis was going to be the first ever goalscorer at New York when his shot from eighteen yards out flew into the back of the net five minutes before half-time. Their lead didn't last long as a minute later Nardiello's cross to David Nobel who slotted the ball past Ben Alnwick in the visitors goal. As one all the Millers fans in the crowd stood to applaud the first ever Millers scorer in their new ground. They'd hardly had time to sit down again when, a minute before half-time, a superb through ball from Kari Arnason found Odejayi who left Alnwick on his backside as he rounded him and stroked the ball over the line to give the Millers the lead going into half-time.
The Millers began the second half as they had the first and a ball from Pringle to Odejayi saw the big striker shoot towards goal only to see a Barnsley defender clear off the line. Nardiello was the next to go close followed by Johnny Mullins who couldn't quite toe poke the ball in and Alex Revell on for Odejayi had a shot saved by Alnwick while Shearer did well to save from Jordan Clark. With twenty minutes to go a header from Jason Taylor, on for Noble, found Nardiello and it looked to everyone that his shot had scraped in past the post according to the linesman and referee Alnwick had saved on the line (must have been a bendy line that's all I can say!) Alec Denton, who came on for Nardiello, brought fresh legs to the game and twice the youngster had shots but fired just wide.
A good work out for the Millers today who never really looked troubled. This time last year if we'd gone one down the heads would have dropped but to come straight back and get the equaliser just shows what determination the lads had out there today.
Three friendlies - three wins. Speaks for itself really doesn't it.