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READ | I'll keep trying to take my chances - Ladapo

13 February 2020

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Millers fans have now become accustomed to watching Freddie Ladapo pull out his ‘Woah’ celebration every time he finds the back of the net, and it didn’t take him long to unleash it after he scored on his debut away to AFC Wimbledon on the opening day of the season.

Just 29 minutes into his first Rotherham United appearance, the marquee signing was on hand to bundle the ball home, cue his renowned dance routine and scenes of jubilation amongst the travelling contingent of Millers who packed out the away end at Kingsmeadow.

Paul Warne’s men went on to secure all three points on that occasion, despite the best efforts of the home side who thought they had earned a draw through Joe Pigott. However, a late Clark Robertson winner left Ladapo and his teammates tasting victory in their maiden outing of the Sky Bet League One campaign.

"It was a great afternoon and it was exactly what I wanted to do coming here, starting off with a bang, and it was brilliant to score my first goal for the club on my debut,” Ladapo enthused.

"That game seems like an age ago now, but it was a nice sunny day and the supporters came out in their numbers. They were right behind us from the first whistle to the last, and it made me feel very wanted at Rotherham. 

"It was very much a game of two halves at their place because in the opening 45 minutes we really implemented everything we went there to do, but in the second half Wimbledon did come back at us and cause real problems.

"The main thing was getting the result as it always is, but we need to be wary of them this weekend because they're a side who can hurt you if you're not at the races. They drew against Ipswich the other day, and every team that's down there is battling for points.

"We know they will come and give it their all at the weekend, but we just need to focus on what we're all about and hopefully continue this run of form.”

Heading into this Saturday’s showdown against the Dons at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, the 27-year-old has 10 league goals to his name, with the decisive strike during the recent success over Burton Albion nudging him into double figures.

Having rifled in 18 for Plymouth Argyle in the third tier last term, it’s safe to say that Ladapo has undoubted pedigree in the final third, and he is backing himself to play his part in a Rotherham shirt between now and the end of the season.

"My goal scoring abilities are why the club signed me and they said that they needed someone to add more firepower up top. We have got good players in every position, so I just needed to come in and do what I do best,” he told

"I'm very happy with the contribution I've made so far, but I'm hard on myself so whenever I do get minutes on the pitch I put pressure on myself to do something to affect the game. That's why I was brought in and I believe it's my best asset, I'm very eager to do well.

"Providing goals or assists for other players in the team is what I strive to do, along with just causing the opposition defence problems in any way I can. I back my own abilities and I have stupid amounts of confidence, but I think you have to in this game because it's very unforgiving."

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