Millers Get Checkatrade Win
7 November 2017 7.30pm
Attendance: 932 (48 hardy Millers)
Rotherham United put out a mixture of new and 'old' this evening when they took on Bradford City at Valley Parade in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Youngster Ben Wiles got his first start for the Millers with Lewis Price starting his first game of the season.
The Millers had a good start and in the opening minutes an Anthony Forde free-kick whistled across the face of goal just an inch or so beyond the toes of Joe Mattock. On seven minutes Wiles did well to win the ball sending Jonson Clarke-Harris on his way who saw his shot put behind for a corner. From the corner Clarke-Harris got the ball again but saw his shot go over. At the other end Millers' 'keeper Lewis Price had to be on his toes to clear a ball meant for Dominic Poleon. On fourteen minutes Jerry Yates saw a header go wide but a couple of minutes later Clarke-Harris did well to get the ball to Richie Towell who shot with the ball falling to Yates who made it one-nil to the visitors. Wiles again took the ball well in midfield and found Forde who in turn found Yates but his shot was blocked by Alex Laird. On twenty-five minutes some lovely footwork from Jordan Gibson ended with a powerful shot which was well saved by Price. Just after the half-hour mark Clarke-Harris went down in the area under a challenge from Daniel Devine and got up to stroke the resulting penalty into the net to make it two-nil to Rotherham. In the final minutes of the half a cross into the area from Daniel Pybus got a deflection from Clarke-Harris who brought a good save off his own 'keeper Price. Richie Towell saw the first yellow of the game for a foul on the half-way line. As the board went up for two extra minutes a good one-two between Forde and Yates saw the young striker get the ball to Towell whose low strike from twenty yards out hit the back of the net to make it three-nil.
Seconds into the second half Jon Taylor got the better of Daniel Devine to try his luck from the edge of the area only to see his shot bend inches wide. A Jordan Gibson corner found the head of Omar Patrick who saw the ball loop over the crossbar. A couple of substitutions followed with Jon Taylor making way for Alex Bray for the Millers and Bradford bringing on Ellis Hudson for Patrick. Both Shay McCartan and Anthony Forde could probably have done better with shots before another couple of subs saw Reece Staunton replace Dominic Poleon for the hosts to become the youngest player to represent Bradford as he doesn't turn sixteen until next month and Joshua Kayode come on for Jonson Clarke-Harris for the Millers. Not long after coming on Kayode won the ball and ran before deciding to shoot with Rouven Sattelmaier at full stretch to put the ball behind for a corner. The Millers third substitute of the night saw Anthony Forde make way for Reece McGinley whose first touch was a cross sending Kayode on his way before the hosts clear. City's Timothee Dieng left the pitch injured being replaced by Jake Maltby. Richie Towell tried his luck from some twenty yards out before a short corner between Bray and McGinley came to nothing when the referee saw a foul. Some good defending by the Bantams stopped a Ben Wiles shot getting through before some bizarre goalkeeping from Sattelmaier saw him race out of goal to stop any danger but carried on into the centre-circle. In the final minute of the game City had probably their first shot on goal when Gibson got himself past a couple of Millers defenders but couldn't control his shot and put it wide before Shay McCartan headed wide from five yards out.
This trophy might not be the best attended and the most interesting but it was a good win for the Millers going into the derby at the Keepmoat on Saturday and keeping a clean sheet while giving Warney a look at some of the youngsters in the squad.