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The X-Files

2 November 2015

We take a look at how our former employees have done this week...

Here we take a quick look at what our ex-players and managers have done over this weekend. It was a mixed bag this time around with many of our old employees involved in high scoring games both on the wrong and right side of them.

First up the managers, and it was Steve Evans first home game as Leeds United manager. Leeds were up against a Blackburn Rovers side wanting and needing the points to push them up the table.

Blackburn took an early lead within 16 seconds and the former Milers’ boss’ evening took another hit on Thursday night as Blackburn added a second to eventually run out 2-0 winners.

It was Evans' birthday the day after and the former Millers’ chief has got a tough task on his hands at Leeds United.

Another former boss in Mark Robins had a much happier weekend as his current employers Scunthorpe United won 2-0 against Barnsley. Robins has turned the tide at Glanford Park, with results picking up and following a solid movement up the table it looks like the ex-Millers boss has settled in the Scunthorpe United hotseat.

Onto the players now and one particular former Miller that will be happy this weekend is Michael O’Connor. The midfielder converted a penalty kick 10 minutes from time to give Port Vale a 2-0 win over Shrewsbury.

O’Connor, who has played regular this season for the Vale, will be pleased to see his current club edge closer to mid-table. The Northern Ireland midfielder signed for the Millers in 2012 and helped the club gain promotion but was an unused substitute in the League One Play-off final against Leyton Orient at Wembley.

Left back Joe Skarz helped his side Oxford United win comfortably at the weekend at Stevenage. The U’s came away with a 5-1 victory and means they now go into second place in Sky Bet League 2.

Skarz was part of the Millers League One promotion side and his drive and determination to get the Millers into the Championship won’t be forgotten.

Ex-Miller and now Portsmouth player Gareth Evans couldn’t help his side to win at the weekend. As Pompey went down 2-1 away to a determined Notts County.

Tom Pope, who signed for Rotherham in 2009, for what was a then club record fee is now a part of the setup with Bury at Gigg Lane. Pope played a very key part in the Shakers’ entertaining 4-3 home win over Blackpool.

Although Pope didn’t have put the ball in the back of the net himself, he played his part by creating much of the space and caused the Seasiders’ defence a problem all day.

Two men competing with the Millers in the Sky Bet Championship this campaign are Ben Pringle and Kieran Agard. Pringle’s Fulham swallowed up Agard’s Bristol City in a 4-1 win at the weekend.

Pringle had an impressive performance although he wasn’t directly involved with the goals. Agard failed to feature and was involved in the role of an unused substitute.

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