Date:Saturday November 16 2013
16 November 2013 3.00pm
Rotherham United won their third game in a row in a very convincing performance away at the Lamex Stadium this afternoon when they beat Stevenage three-nil.
It was the home side who started the game well and the first shot of the game came from Simon Heslop but it went well wide not bothering Adam Collin in the Millers goal. Moments later Claude Davis, recalled to the side after injury, was a tad unlucky to see a yellow card when Lucas Akins tripped and Davis fell into him. At the other end Michael O`Connor tried a shot from distance and only a block from Peter Hartley stopped it going near the net. With the Millers getting more into the game a flick-on from Alex Revell to Kieran Agard saw the visitors leading scorer`s header well saved by 'Boro 'keeper Chris Day but the ball fell to Ben Pringle who let fly into the back of the net. The home side nearly equalised straight away when a Greg Tansey effort was just a whisper away from creeping inside the post. But the Millers were slowly taking control of the game and a few minutes later they were awarded a free-kick with which Pringle found Agard and a clever flick saw Day make a brilliant save and put over the bar. It was Day again on twenty-five minutes that kept the home side in the game when an O`Connor free-kick fell to skipper Craig Morgan who flicked the ball on and with it looking like it was going in Day stuck out a hand and parried it out but he was beaten just after the half-hour mark when a lovely ball from Alex Revell fell into the path of Agard who put the ball in the net only to see an off-side flag raised. But Day was in action again just before half-time when he tipped a long range shot from O`Connor over the bar and then the 'keeper came off worse in a collision with Matt Tubbs when both were going for the ball and Day seemed to somersault over the Millers striker onto the floor although, after treatment, he did get up and play on.
Stevenage started the second half with a new 'keeper when Steve Arnold took over from the groggy Day and his first action of the afternoon was when he managed to get to a Michael O`Connor volley from just outside the box to put the ball to safety. At the other end Craig Morgan had to be on his toes to stop a Bruno Andrade (on for Greg Tansey) cross reaching Lucas Akins. Just after the hour mark the visitors were awarded a free-kick and with Arnold racing out of his goal to meet the ball from Pringle, Davis beat him to it and as calm as you like headed it into the back of the net in front of the delighted travelling Millers fans. Five minutes later it was three-nil when a 'Boro corner was cleared by Lee Frecklington and fell to Revell who in turn passed to O`Connor and the Ireland international struck a fierce shot from twenty-five yards out and saw the ball fly into the corner of the net. Looking shell shocked the home side did have a chance when Andrade saw a shot fly off the crossbar while a long distance shot from Heslop brought a magnificent save flying save from Collin and the Millers 'keeper was there again when he got down well to hold onto a shot from Luke Freeman.
A great effort from the Millers today who totally took control of the game and deservedly took all three points.
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Date:Saturday November 16 2013
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