Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has always stressed that the Millers will need everyone this season and last night, goalkeeper Jamal Blackman showed just why this message is so important.
Making his first start since mid-Match, following Viktor Johansson’s injury at Barnsley, Blackman put in an assured display between the sticks, keeping his side’s hopes alive of gaining a valuable point at Brentford Community Stadium.
Blackman made a crucial save on the hour mark to prevent Ivan Toney from netting his 30th goal of the season. Following an unfortunate slip from Wood, the lethal forward found himself with time and space in the area to meet Roerslev’s cross but his powerful header was palmed away.
He made the best stop of the match with seven minutes remaining. With the Millers totally committed in attack in their search for a leveller, Marcondes broke clear on the counter and looked for the top corner but Blackman showed great reflexes to get across and tip his goal bound effort over the bar.
Also nominated on Tuesday were Lewis Wing, Ryan Giles and Michael Smith, but it was Blackman who claimed the crown, with 40.6% of the 684 votes cast.