Vital Football

Latest Rotherham United News

Millers Win To Go Third

Rochdale
1 - 2
Rotherham United

Spotland

1 January 2013 3.00pm

Attendance: 3,408

Referee:

Rotherham United had the perfect start to 2013 with a hard-fought win away from home against Rochdale which sends them third in the league.

The opening ten minutes was a bit of a scrappy affair before the Millers took control of the game and Lee Frecklington had the first shot at goal which was saved by Dale 'keeper Josh Lillis. The Millers then had a couple of corners and free-kicks which mounted to nothing before Phil Edwards cleared a Johnny Mullins header and a header from Kari Arnason hit the underside of the crossbar and with it still bouncing it was cleared to safety by Dale - although according to some Millers players it could well have crossed the line but referee Stuart Attwell was never going to give it. On twenty-eight minutes Frecklington really should have put the Millers ahead when he was one-on-one with Lillis but the 'keeper did well to make a finger-tip save to send the ball wide. And it was from that move that Dale opened the scoring. From the resulting corner Rochdale got the ball away with Joe Rafferty finding Ashley Grimes who left Johnny Mullins for dead and took a shot which lifted over Andy Warrington in the Millers` goal to go into the back of the net. After that it was the home side who were the better team but some stout Millers defending kept it at one-nil going into the break.

Once again the Millers came out brightly for the second half and Ben Pringle did well in the first place to intercept a ball from Lillis to Peter Cavanagh but instead of shooting straight away he seemed to juggle the ball and eventually sent it flying high into the Rochdale fans. The Millers had much of the play without being able to make anything of it and just before the hour mark Courtney Cameron replaced Kieran Agard and straight away started to make runs down the wing. The referee tried to spoil the game with a lot of stopping and starting but when the Millers took off Ben Pringle and put on Alex Revell they started to look much stronger up front and two minutes later were level. An in-swinging cross from Cameron found Revell`s head and he nodded it down into a packed penalty area where a number of players tried to get it over the line before Kayode Odejayi stuck out a leg and stabbed the ball home. On eighty minutes Dale had their first chance of the half when Jason Kennedy, who`d spent most of the first half on his backside, had the chance to put the home side back in front with a header but he sent it just wide of the post with the Millers defence stood watching. Arnason and Mark Bradley did well to block shots not long afterwards but it really only looked like one side was going to score with Millers players suddenly finding their shooting boots and having shots from all over one of which came in time added on when Odejayi found Frecklington after a smart move and with all Millers fans shouting for him to shoot he squared it to Cameron, just outside the area, who did just that with a sweet curling shot that saw the ball hit the back of the net. He threw his shirt off and came running towards the cheering Millers and was then promptly booked for his trouble. In the final minute of injury time Millers fans were nearly stunned into silence when Kennedy was allowed time and space to turn and shoot in the box but Bradley was there to block.

At the hour mark I`d have taken a draw today. There were a few passes going a bit askew and a few shots that perhaps we could have done better with but when we turn on the style we do it with a passion. And I have to say that team never gave up today - they fought for that win and it was very much appreciated by the travelling hundreds.

Star Player

Difficult - no-one really stood out. O'Connor did OK and Johnny Mullins and Arnason did well to say he was playing out of position again. Cameron also did well when he came on but, because we understand he's completed the papers and signed for us today I think I'll probably give it to LEE FRECKLINGTON


Writer:Herringthorpe
Date:Tuesday January 1 2013
Time: 8:24PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Herringthorpe
Editor email
Profile
baldtobeamiller
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Just One Away Game Left This Season - v Preston. How Will It Go?
Suggested By:
Millers Will Win39%
It Will Be A Goalless Draw2%
A Draw - But There Will Be Goals15%
Another Defeat44%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
2 Newcastle 43 26 7 10 85 37
3 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
4 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
5 Huddersfield 43 24 6 13 78 2
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 43 16 13 14 61 5
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 43 15 10 18 55 -2
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Rotherham United  Results (view all)

Rotherham United  Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.herringthorpe311
2.sixpence160
3.Chris Maiden28
4.Millie Miller27
5.mos6023
6.miller4life20
7.axholme20
8.nogginthenog17
9.mvmiller3
The Vital Football Members League