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Raynor describes 'surreal' atmosphere

27 February 2014

One Direction star draws the crowd...

Assistant Manager Paul Raynor described the atmosphere as surreal after more than 5,000 people turned up to see the Millers reserves draw 0-0 at Doncaster.

The Final Third Development League game was overshadowed by the ‘debut’ of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson who completed nearly 30 minutes for Rovers in a competitive game which faded in the second period.

“It was a little bit different but everybody seemed to enjoy it,” Raynor told “It was a very strange and surreal atmosphere but a good one and great that it was for such a worthy cause, and it was a good game of football on top of that. Both sides played in the right way and although there was the charity aspect with Louis playing we still had to take it in a professional manner to get the boys ready for Saturday, and Doncaster did the same. 

Both sides hit the woodwork during the 90 minutes but on first-half chances alone the Millers could have been out of sight, before substitutions in the second period, most notably that of Tomlinson playing at right-back for Rovers led to a disruption to the flow of the game and the chances drying up.

“It’s a pity we couldn’t come out on top in terms of winning the game but the most important thing for us is the gametime and the experience for the young lads. Doncaster have an important game away at Bournemouth on Saturday so they wanted to treat the game right just like we did and it led to an all round positive evening for all parties.”

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