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READ | Freddie Ladapo on debut goal and Millers win

5 August 2019

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As far as debuts go, Freddie Ladapo enjoyed a fruitful one on Saturday afternoon as he scored his first goal in Rotherham United colours to help his teammates secure a 2-1 win away at AFC Wimbledon.

Having signed from Plymouth Argyle for a club-record fee during the summer, the 26-year-old was eager to get off to a flying start, so to find the net and claim all three points on the opening day of the season would've definitely pleased him.

However, being the harshest of critics when analysing his own performance, he believes he perhaps should've added a few more strikes to his tally. Despite that, the striker hailed the overall display of the team in what was a hard-fought encounter.

He said: "You start as you mean to go on and the most important thing for us was to get those three points. For me, as a striker coming into a new group, it's always good to open your account on the first day so I'm very pleased with that.

"I'm always hard on myself, but it's the first game and I still think I'm a little rusty, as are the rest of the team. I should've buried a couple more of my chances and we should've performed better in the second half, but we're finding our feet - it's just great that we won.

"The first game of the season is always difficult regardless of how good your team is or where you're expected to finish, but it was just about implementing what we'd been working on in training and counteracting their threats to get the result."

The Millers supporters travelled down to the Cherry Red Records Stadium and the sell-out away contingent of almost 800 made themselves heard from the terraces, and the former Crystal Palace man was appreciative of the reception he received.

In what proved to be a tight affair, particularly in the second half when the hosts rallied following Joe Pigott's equaliser, the Rotherham faithful continued to get behind Paul Warne's men and Ladapo was quick to praise their impact.

On the fans, he added: "They were fantastic. I didn't know what to expect coming here, but they were great and they sang my name from the warm-up all the way to the final whistle.

"It was great to hear the volume they created and to see them turn out in their numbers."

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