Rotherham United’s Academy signed off for Christmas with some festive cheer as they recorded a comprehensive 3-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.
The Millers’ youngsters signed off for the break with victory over the Bantams courtesy of goals from a trialist, Akeel Francis and Joshua Kayode but Academy manager Garreth Barker said it could have been more against their West Yorkshire counterparts.
“It was 3-0 but it could and probably should have been five,” he told www.themillers.co.uk.
“We missed two one-on-ones that fell for our centre forwards and you certainly expect one of them to take their opportunity.
“It was a good overall performance and very professional. We'd asked for a clean sheet first and foremost and it was great for us that all three of the front line scored a goal.”
Barker took time to pay tribute to his forward line, despite the fact he felt that the result could have been more comfortable and admitted that the strength of the overall performance was particularly pleasing.
“They were all involved individually in each others' goals and I think that shows that the players are developing a real understanding,” he continued.
“It was a real team performance and in terms of individuals, there wasn't anyone that stood out and I thought everybody did their job. I would expect a little bit more but I am critical because we know we've got a good group of players.
“In terms of what we wanted, we got a clean sheet and three goals.”
The Millers took the lead when a trialist showed good awareness to loft the ball over the goalkeeper from distance, before Francis doubled their advantage.
Kayode, who had played a key role in the second goal, then turned predator as he tucked away a cool finish through the ‘keepers’ legs after a square ball to continue his rich vein of form in front of goal.
“JJ scored again and I think he has about 10 or 11 for the season now, which is a very good return,” Barker beamed.
“Akeel Francis scored as well and we've been looking at him for a couple of months and he's done really well.
“A trialist that we've brought in got the other and he's seemed to fit in really well. Not only did he turn provider, he got his own name on the scoresheet.
“We were pleased with the outcome and pleased that there were no injuries and hopefully we can kick on now."