Millers Batter Bantams
New York Stadium
1 September 2012 3.00pm
Attendance: 11,199 (2,267 Bantams)
A four star display from rampant Rotherham United saw of Bradford City and their two thousand travelling supporters this afternoon at the New York Stadium with the Bantams former player Gareth Evans helping his side to a four-nil win.
The home side got off to a fantastic start in the first minute of the game when the ball fell to Michael O'Connor whose only option was to shoot from twenty-five yards and the scorcher of a shot flew past Matt Duke in the Bantams goal and into the back of the net. Two minutes later Millers' 'keeper, Scott Shearer pulled off a smart save from a Luke Oliver free-kick while Kyel Reid saw an effort go across goal. On twenty-four minutes O'Connor put a ball into the area which evaded everyone expect former Bantam Evans who fired past Duke into the net. Minutes later Daniel Nardiello stung the hands of Duke and saw a header go wide while Shearer did well to get a hand to a Reid effort. On thirty-four minutes the lively Ben Pringle picked up the ball deep in his own half and ran at the visitors defence who opened up and let him pass and his curling ball hit the post and bounced into the net to make it three-nil. Nahki Wells thought he'd pulled one back when Shearer parried a shot out to him but the linesman flagged for offside. After actually having quite a bit of the opening twenty minutes the Bantams didn't seem able to cope with the Millers style of flowing football and resorted to a few lunging tackles and ended up having Nathan Doyle, Rory McArdie and Zavon Hines booked in the first forty-five minutes.
The second half started with Bradford trying to play some football instead of long-ball thumping up in the air and a shot from Reid just whistled past Shearer's goal. But the Millers soon got back down to business and a Pringle corner found Ian Sharps' head who put the ball across goal to Kayode Odejayi only for Gary Jones to head off the line and Duke did well to save a Sharps' effort with his legs and a few minutes later Duke was there again to push out a shot from Nardiello and although it fell to Evans he blasted the ball over the bar. James Hanson saw a shot for the visitors go wide and Alan Connell, on for Wells, should have done better when he found himself alone ten yards out but his shot was weak and easily gathered by Shearer. At the other end O'Connor saw a looping effort well saved by Duke but four minutes from the end a Pringle corner found Evans just outside the area and the former City player turned into space and fired low into the back of the net to make it four-nil to the Millers.
Both teams gave their fans something to shout about this afternoon and it could easily have been a six-two scoreline, but, in the end, the Millers footballing skills proved too much for the visitors.