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PREVIEW | Millers v Latics

21 September 2017

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This weekend sees the Millers host Oldham Athletic in a League One clash at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, with the hosts looking to get back to winning ways after a narrow defeat at Bradford City last time out.

Oldham’s start to the season has perhaps not seen them return the points haul they have been deserving of, and after eight games they are rooted to the bottom of the league, with just four from their opening eight games. The visitors only league victory this season came in a 3-2 away win at Bristol Rovers on September 12th.

The Millers on the other hand, have had a steady start to the season that sees them sat on 12 points, with four wins and four defeats from their opening eight league games. This currently sees The Millers sat in 9th place.

Last Time Out

The Millers

The hosts are looking to get back to winning ways after a 1-0 defeat last time out at Bradford City.

The only goal of the game was scored by Bradford’s Romain Vincelot. This was after the French striker was left unmarked in the six yard box, after a cross from Tony McMahon in the 21st minute.

Jon Taylor went close on two occasions for The Millers, with his first effort being saved by City goalkeeper Colin Doyle, and his second effort being cleared off the line by former Sunderland defender, Matthew Kilgallon.

Bradford had a good opportunity to go into the half-time interval with a two goal lead, however, Marek Rodak made a big save when he saved a one on one against Bradford striker Dominic Poleon.

After the restart, The Millers improved on their first half performance, and had a few good chances to get back into the game. The first chance of the half fell to Kieffer Moore, who saw his shot saved by Bradford goalkeeper Doyle. Another chance for the Millers saw captain Lee Frecklington’s shot blocked by Bradford’s central defender Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Then, deep into injury time, left-back Joe Mattock was shown a red card, for his second yellow card of the game.

Oldham Athletic

Oldham arrive in Rotherham having lost 2-1 at home to Shrewsbury last weekend, and they will want to kick-start their season after a disappointing start so far.

High flying Shrewsbury arrived at Boundary Park full of confidence after a good start to the season, and they grabbed the first goal of the game, after Oldham goalkeeper Jack Ruddy failed to hold onto Joe Riley’s low cross into the box, and the ball was put into the back of the net by Stefan Payne.

Unfortunately for the away side, the striker was injured in the process and had to be taken off.

Oldham responded within 15 minutes, after a cross in from the left by Gevaro Nepomuceno was headed in from six yards by Craig Davies.

After the break, Eoin Doyle missed a great chance for the hosts, after he rounded the Shrewsbury goalkeeper, however, his effort then bounced back off of the post.

Twenty minutes after the interval, Alex Rodman laid the ball off for Jon Nolan, who put the ball into the corner of the net to give his side the lead again.

The home side were reduced to 10 men during the closing stages of the game, when striker Eoin Doyle was dismissed for his second booking of the game.

Oldham will be looking to turn their fortunes around this weekend in Rotherham.

One To Watch

Welsh striker Craig Davies is a summer recruit, after he joined on a free transfer having departed for fellow League One side Scunthorpe United. Davies is a former Welsh national team player, playing eight times for the senior side without scoring.

So far in the league this season for Oldham, Davies has played six games, scoring four goals. He is one of the better performers for the club, who have only won one league game to date in 2017/18. Davies has scored in each of his last four games for Oldham and is arguably their man in the best vein of form.

In League One so far this season, Davies has had seven shots and converted four of them which gives him an impressive conversion rate of 57%.

Head To Head

In the 39 games that these two clubs have contested since 1935, The Millers have won 22 of those games.

The most recent games between the two clubs in the 2013/14 season saw The Millers win both of the games, with a 3-2 victory at home in September 2013, followed by a 2-0 away win at Boundary Park in March 2014.

Before those two games, Oldham had won the previous two 2-1 and 3-2 respectively.

Team News

Millers boss Paul Warne says that Joshua Emmanuel has played in the reserves this week, however he isn’t sure that the full-back will be fit enough to feature in this weekend’s game.

Warne also discussed Shaun Cummings and he said the right-back is likely to be in contention for Tuesday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

The Millers boss also spoke about long term absentee Jamie Proctor, confirming that he had undergone his operation and it was successful.

SkyBet Odds

8/13 | Millers to Win

4/1 | Both teams to score in 1st half

3/1 | Kieffer Moore to score first

4/5 | Over 2.5 goals

4/6 | Rotherham to score 2+ goals

*Odds subject to change


Words: Jack Robinson

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Match Reports

REPORT | Rotherham 5 v 1 Oldham

23 September 2017

Millers hit five again..

ROTHERHAM United scored five for the third time this season as they put Oldham Athletic to the sword thanks to a fantastic late salvo.

Michael Ihiekwe’s first goal in Rotherham colours put the home side ahead but Craig Davies soon levelled matters for the Latics.

With the Millers banging on the door in the second half, Kieffer Moore broke Athletic’s dogged resistance with his seventh and eighth goals of the season before subs Anthony Forde and Jerry Yates added the gloss to the Millers display with two late strikes.

Following their narrow defeat at the hands of Bradford City, Millers chief Warne made just one change to his starting line-up for the Roses clash.

Ben Purrington was given an opportunity to stake a claim for a regular starting berth in the left-back slot after Joe Mattock was ruled out following his late sending off at Valley Parade last weekend.

Following a slow start by both sides, Oldham had the first sight of goal when Jack Byrne’s clipped ball forward was controlled smartly by Davies, who took aim from distance but he dragged his shot harmlessly wide of the target.

Moments later, Jon Taylor injected pace into a home move to leave Dan Gardner grounded before working a yard of space on George Edmundson to drill a fierce cross-cum-shot which had Ruddy scrambling across goal as it flashed across goal.

In the next home attack, Athletic were indebted to Ruddy for keeping the scores level when a fine flowing move involving skipper Lee Frecklington paved the way for Purrington to advance with menace before firing a rasping effort from distance which brought a superb acrobatic save from the visitors stopper.

However, Oldham’s relief was only temporary as the Millers broke the deadlock from the resultant corner.

Williams floated a delicate centre which saw Moore emerge from the ruck of bodies at the far post to power a header which crashed against the crossbar but the ball looped invitingly into the path of Ihiekwe, who towered above a stationary Athletic defender on the line to force the ball home from just yards out.

The Millers were lifted by the opener and a superb one-two involving Will Vaulks and Williams split open the Athletic defence and a pull-back to the edge of the box saw Richie Towell feign to shoot allowing the on-rushing Frecklington to strike, but the talismanic skipper, failed to recreate his Walsall heroics, as he blazed his effort from the edge of the box into the visitors’ faithful behind the goal.

The Millers were left to rue that miss when Oldham got themselves back on level terms after Vaulks was forced to head behind following a surging run and cross by Ryan McLaughlin.

Jack Bryne’s near post corner caught the Millers napping and Davies was the quickest to react to flick the ball goalwards and despite Marek Rodak getting a boot to the ball, the Slovakian was unable to keep it out as it whistled into the corner of the Millers’ net.

Minutes later, the visitors came within a coat of paint of turning the game on its head, when Bryne’s slide-rule pass bisected the Rotherham rearguard paving the way for Tope Obadeyi to bear down on goal, but the Oldham frontman fluffed his lines when he dragged his left-footed effort wide, despite having the goal at his mercy.

The Millers had a let-off when Wood’s mistake almost gifted Davies a shooting opportunity and the experienced home centre-half, in attempting to make amends, appeared to haul down the Oldham goalscorer in the box but the referee waved away visiting appeals for a spot-kick.

There was a moment of controversy when Ryan McLaughlin pulled up with a hamstring injury and with Taylor deciding to continue the Rotherham attack, Gardner took exception to his decision, when play was pulled-back, in a confrontation which led to a booking for both players.

In a frenetic sixty seconds, Darren Potter had a shot blocked en-route to goal before Taylor and Ihiekwe combined smartly to hook a ball across the face of the Oldham box but Wood failed to control his left-footed shot from the edge of the box as he blasted over from a promising position.

With half time approaching, Edmundson proverbially took one for the team for cynically hauling down Williams in full flow to abruptly halt a Millers counter-attack before Taylor had a snap shot deflected over after Vaulks’ cross was only half-cleared into his path.

Half-time- Rotherham United 1 Oldham Athletic 1

Following the interval, Rotherham had the first sight of goal when Taylor drilled a cross harmlessly over the Oldham bar before Williams’ delicate cross saw Moore in an aerial duel with Edmundson and Ruddy and with no-one taking charge, it whistled narrowly wide.

The home duo combined, at the resultant corner, when Moore rose highest from the Australian’s corner to power a header which was blocked seemingly by Ruddy and the masse of bodies in the six-yard box before Oldham failed to clear the danger and with Wood causing havoc, Taylor powered a left-footed effort into the roof of the Athletic net, but any Millers joy was curtailed by an offside flag earlier in the move.

Moments later, Taylor curled a tantalising centre which was inches away from the outstretched boot of Moore before the Ipswich loanee superbly put Ihiekwe’s long punt forward under his spell before dragging his volley from distance harmlessly wide of the target.

The Millers were looking the most likely and Williams skipped to the byline but failed to find the onrushing Taylor with his cross before Frecklington showed an uncharacteristic lack of composure when he burst into the Oldham box before dragging his shot well wide of the target.

Moments later, sub Joe Newell almost made an immediate impression from the bench when he raced clear but he failed to trouble Ruddy with his shot before Gevaro Nepomuceno became the latest to see yellow for dragging down Williams on the edge of the box but Newell failed to make it count from the resultant free-kick which Ruddy watched sail over.

However, the Millers were finally rewarded for their second-half pressure when Towell’s defence splitting pass saw Williams get on the wrong side of his marker to cut inside before forcing Ruddy into a reflex, point-blank save but fortunately for the Millers, Moore was on-hand to shoot home into the unguarded visitors’ net.

Moore was in the thick of the action and he effectively sealed the deal for the home side when Newell curled an inviting corner into the Athletic box and Moore emerged from the ruck of bodies in the box to power a superb header into the roof of the Oldham net from six yards giving Ruddy no chance.

In the dying minutes, Peter Clarke fired into the side netting for the visitors before Rotherham added a fourth when a mazy run from Newell had the Oldham defence at sixes and sevens, and the ex-Peterborough midfielder kept his composure to play the ball into the path of fellow sub Forde, who calmly stroked the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

The Millers put the icing on the cake on a polished second-half display when a ball into the box was nodded down by Towell into the path of sub Jerry Yates, who calmly fired the ball home from close range.

Full-time:- Rotherham United 5 Oldham Athletic 1

Rotherham United 5
Oldham Athletic 1

Teams:- Rotherham- Rodak, Vaulks, Wood, Frecklington, Taylor (Newell 62), Potter, Towell (Forde 81), Purrington, Ihiekwe, Williams, Moore (Yates 84). Unused- O’Donnell, Ajayi, Clarke-Harris, Cummings.

Oldham- Ruddy, Gerrard, Gardner (Omrani 63), Davies, McLaughlin (Dummigan 33), Edmundson, Clarke, Nepomuceno, Byrne, Obadeyi (Menig 62), Bryan. Unused- Placide, Banks, Menig, Hunt, Fane.

Referee- J Brooks

Attendance- 8250 (825)

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