Date:Saturday October 12 2013
New York Stadium
12 October 2013 3.00pm
Attendance: 8,103 (540 Robins)
It was a bit of a peculiar game at the New York Stadium this afternoon in the sweeping rain with the Millers suffering their biggest home defeat since moving back to Rotherham against a Swindon Town side that fielded four loanees from Spurs in their starting eleven.
The Millers started the better side and could have - and maybe should have - been three-nil up within the opening ten minutes. Joe Skarz floated in a cross that saw Jay McEveley struggle to put behind to safety and a superb ball a few minutes later from Daniel Nardiello to Alex Revell saw the Millers number nine somehow put the ball over the bar instead of finding the back of the net with it. Minutes later the Millers really should have taken the lead when a Skarz ball found Revell who flicked it neatly on for Ben Pringle who found himself one-on-one with Robins` 'keeper Wes Foderingham but instead of taking the ball forward the Millers player tried to chip the ball and saw it go agonisingly wide. Pringle had another chance which put over while a dangerous shot from Nardiello was cleared by McEveley while a header from Pablo Mills was pushed onto the bar by Foderingham and when the ball rebounded out again to Mills the defender fluffed his shot and it was cleared. So, you can imagine the frustration when, with their first foray upfield Swindon were awarded a free-kick and only some quick thinking by Scott Shearer in the Millers goal saw the 'keeper parry the ball away. Unfortunately the hosts weren`t so lucky with the next free-kick after Lee Frecklington bundled over Alex Pritchard and the Spurs loanee picked himself up and curled his kick into the back of the net. The goal seemed to stop the Millers in their tracks and although Kieran Agard had a shot from distance that went wide it was Pritchard again, from another free-kick (seems to fall down a lot that lad) who had the next shot but it went well over the bar. With half-time approaching Nathan Byrne went past Lee Frecklington and got the ball to Massimo Luongo whose shot towards goal took a wicket deflection off Frecklington and went over Shearer`s head to make it two-nil to the Robins.
The Millers started the second-half still looking shell-shocked from the two first half goals and Pablo Mills had to be decisive when he got to a Byrne centre before Nile Ranger while Pritchard had a shot that went over the crossbar. The Millers couldn`t get back into the game and the visitors went from strength to strength and just after the hour mark it was three-nil when Byrne crossed to Nicky Ajose to tap the ball in from close range. It could have been four not long after when Pritchard was allowed forward unchallenged but saw his shot go just past the goal. As the board went up for four minutes of extra time Ben Pringle got the ball in midfield and running back to his own goal lost possession and Dany N`Guesson, on for Ajose, took the ball and slid it into the back of the net to make it four-nil to the visitors.
I think all Rotherham players, fans and management were glad to see the end of today`s game. For the first twenty minutes it was like watching Brazil for the last sixty it was like watching the local Sunday league side. Hey ho - one to wipe from the memory banks and onto next Saturday away at MK Dons.
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Date:Saturday October 12 2013
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