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REPORT | Lincoln 1 v 1 Academy

28 November 2017

Rotherham United's Academy remain unbeaten in the Youth Alliance League, but they had to settle for a point in their recent encounter against Lincoln City.

The Millers were in front for much of the contest through a Tyrone Lewthwaite strike but were pegged back late on which prevented Garreth Barker's side extending their lead at the top of the Youth Alliance table.

"It was always going to be a tough game as they are in and around us in the league," Barker commented.

"It is a difficult place to go, but we had a very bright start. We scored early through Tyrone Lewthwaite who has come back into the side in attack. It was a great run after a good pass from Joshua Kayode, and a really good finish from a tight angle. He had to open his body up to create the room before hitting the ball across and up into the roof of the net.

"We have had further chances to finish the game, they have had chances, and we started to take a few more risks. Then with a few minutes to go there was a slight error, a header fell to an opponent and from that they managed to break which ended in a goal. We have found that football can be cruel, and despite some great performances some errors are costing us at the moment."

Barker hailed his side for some of their play, stating that the Millers are showing confidence in possession, despite the individual mistakes coming back to haunt them.

"After the goal for the next 45 minutes we played some of the best football I have seen in my tenure here at Rotherham United," he added.

"We played some terrific, purposeful football and it was great to watch. If we would have scored twice more I don't think anyone could have complained. We didn't get the goals we deserved. We did get a penalty a minute before half-time but our skipper Lewis Murr, who has never missed one, had his effort saved."

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