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Character pleases Raynor

6 February 2013

Assistant Manager pleased with reserve display...

Paul Raynor was pleased with the Millers’ 4-0 reserve team win over Bradford City yesterday, praising their character in tough conditions at the John Charles Centre for Sport. 

The Millers battled the conditions to overcome a Bradford City side that included a returning Steve Williams.

“It was a reasonably young Bradford team but we can’t affect that,” said Raynor. “We just had to play our own game in difficult conditions including a quagmire of a pitch. We’ve also had wind, rain, snow and hail, but the attitude and application of the boys considering some of those conditions was excellent. We could have punished them a little bit more, but on the whole, we got what we needed which was more game time and a good display.”

Dale Tonge captained the side, that featured a number of youth team players making up the spine of the team, and finished the game with two 16 year-olds on the pitch. Alex Revell, Kieran Agard and Courtney Cameron also completed 90 minutes, whilst Danny Kearns was withdrawn with just over 10 minutes remaining.

“They (the senior lads) needed to show plenty of character, they’re in the reserves and it’s poor conditions but they’ve come through today. It will all get reported back to the gaffer. The senior lads have applied themselves very well, Kearnsy has got himself two goals and equally the young lads have put in a very impressive showing, topped off with a goal for Dan Rowe.”

Rowe’s diving header late in the game, came from Danny Kearns’ cross who had netted a brace for the Millers after Kieran Agard had opened the scoring.

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