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REPORT | West Brom 3 v 0 Rotherham

17 December 2022

Tough day for Millers......

Rotherham United had a tough day at the office as a rejuvenated West Bromwich Albion outfit – under the stewardship of Carlos Corberan – ran out comfortable victors at The Hawthorns.  

The Millers found the going difficult in the West Midlands as Jed Wallace gave Albion an early lead before subs Grady Diangana and Brandon Thomas-Asante put the game beyond the visitors with further second-half goals.  

Boss Matt Taylor made two changes to his starting line-up.  Cameron Humphreys was recalled at the heart of the Rotherham defence while Huddersfield loanee Scott High made his first league start in Millers colours.

Irish flyer Chiedozie Ogbene continued to lead the Millers line with Ben Wiles, who took the skipper’s armband, playing just behind him.

Former Millers loanee John Swift was named for The Baggies, but one-time fans favourite Semi Ajayi did not line up his against his former employers, as he was ruled out because of injury.

On a bitterly cold afternoon, Albion were quick out of the blocks and Wallace skipped down the flank to find Daryl Dike, who pulled the ball back into a dangerous area but a retreating Rotherham defender hacked the ball clear before Conor Townsend’s ball released Matt Phillips, who burst away, but Viktor Johansson gathered his cross at the front post.

Rotherham gradually got a foothold in the clash, by winning back to back corners, but the home side were not really troubled from either set-piece.

The Millers’ goal was then threatened twice in a matter of seconds.

Swift injected pace into a Baggies move with a clever one-two before finding Dike with his back to goal, and the American striker’s lay-off presented Phillips – with the chance to strike and he duly obliged with a bobbling effort which Johansson may have saw late, but he was able to turn the ball around the post.

From the resultant corner, Swift caressed a corner to the far post and Dara O’Shea rose highest to nod the ball towards goal but firstly, High, who was stationed on the post, and Brooke Norton-Cuffy cleared the danger.

The home side threatened again when Wallace hung up a cross which paved the way for Okay Yokuslu to power a point-blank header over but Rotherham failed to heed the warning as Albion scored with their next attack.

There looked little danger for the Millers until Tom Rogic, who got on the ball before playing a perfectly-weighted pass into the onrushing stride of Wallace, who brushed off the close attentions of Cohen Bramall, before calmly stroking a low, left-footed effort past the outstretched hand of Johansson to find the near post of the Millers net.

The home side now had a spring in their step and Yokuslu struck a lovely effort from distance which shaved the upright before Wallace clipped a shot which stung the palms of Johansson just seconds later.  

Just before the half hour mark, Taylor’s side were then indebted to their Swedish stopper, Johansson, when he produced a good, reflex save to deny Wallace following Rogic’s clever pull back.   

There was little noteworthy action in the final quarter of the half until Townsend headed narrowly over from Darnell Furlong’s cross – although any Albion goal would have been ruled out for offside.

Half-time: West Bromwich Albion 1 Rotherham United 0

The Millers were on the back foot at the start of the second half and Furlong launched a long-throw into the box which skimmed off the head of Harding, but fortunately for the Millers, it smashed into the side netting.

Taylor’s men – who were now attacking their noisy band of followers - finally had a sniff of goal of the Albion goal when High emerged from a cul-de-sac to play a clever pass into the run of Ogbene, but Alex Palmer darted off his line to smother him at close quarters.

The Millers had a further opportunity when Dan Barlaser’s reverse pass split open the Albion rearguard but neither Wiles or Ogbene read his intentions.

The home side made a double substitution with Thomas-Asante and Diangana introduced into the fray. It reaped immediate rewards when Albion grabbed a second goal through one of the replacements.

Furlong’s throw down the line was missed by Thomas-Asante and Wallace – often a tormentor of the Millers – drilled a lovely centre into the box and Diangana got in front of Norton-Cuffy to direct a point-blank effort goalwards and Johansson was beaten, despite getting a hand to his shot.

The Millers were staring down the barrel and Johansson was called upon to deny Thomas-Asante with a smart, reflex save before Lee Peltier was on-hand to snuff out Diangana on the follow-up.

The Millers’ afternoon went from bad to worse when Humphreys found himself in a foot race with Thomas-Asante, and the Albion striker got himself in front of the Millers defender, who bundled him to the floor in the box, and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Thomas-Asante dusted himself down to take the spot kick, and although Johansson correctly guessed his intentions with the initial effort from 12 yards, the Swedish ‘keeper could only parry the ball back into his path, and the former Salford striker calmly stroked the rebound into the unguarded net.

Salt was rubbed into Humphreys’ wounds when he booked for his part in the penalty incident before being immediately replaced while O’Shea joined him in the book soon after.

The Millers’ miserable afternoon was summed up late on when Peltier scuffed a shot well wide from an inviting position following sub Ollie Rathbone’s cross.

Full-time: West Bromwich Albion 3 Rotherham United 0

West Bromwich Albion 3

Rotherham United 0

Teams: WBA- Palmer, Furlong, O’Shea, Pieters, Townsend, Yokuslu, Swift (Gardner-Hickman 66), Rogic (Molumby 74), Wallace (Grant 74), Dike (Diangana 56), Phillips (Thomas-Asante 56). Unused- Button, Kelly.    

Rotherham- Johansson, Harding, Humphreys (Hall 73), Peltier, Bramall, Barlaser, Lindsay (Rathbone 65), Norton-Cuffy (Kelly 65), High (Washington 82), Wiles, Ogbene. Unused- Vickers, Odoffin, Eaves.

Referee- J Busby

 

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