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REPORT | Academy 2 v 1 Bradford

3 October 2016

Rotherham United's Academy made it back-to-back victories to move up to third place in the Youth Alliance league after a 2-1 success against Bradford City.

The Millers came from behind to net two goals in the second half through a trialist to maintain their good recent form, despite having a number of 16-year-old scholars in their side.

Academy manager Garreth Barker admitted he was delighted with the last two results, but won't be getting carried away as the league takes a break this weekend.

"We won't get too carried away but results have been good again," he stated to

"It was nice to get a couple of wins back-to-back, especially considering that traditionally Bradford has been tough opposition. Last season we won 4-0 away, so we spoke to the boys and showed them the video to give them a visual image of what to expect. 

"There was a tentative start, we went 1-0 down and sometimes you start to ask yourselves one or two questions. We rode that out and then we got to half time. That was great for us because we had a chance to talk to the lads about what they needed to do in the second half, and re-enforce the positives.

"We then nicked a goal from a set play, which was a header. We then scored a similar goal where Reece McGinley delivered from the left-side and we scored from another header.

"We had several chances which we didn't convert. Rev James had a good chance, and then we had a shot which hit the post and rolled along the line - if we had scored four goals it wouldn't have been a surprise, but Bradford also hit the bar. 

"Overall it was a good all round display."

The Millers will be back in Youth Alliance action against Mansfield Town on October 14th. 

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