Crown Oil Arena
7/03/2020 3:00 pm
Referee: R Joyce
|Henderson (28,70), Lund (75)||Lindsay (90+2)|
|Keohane||Jones (Olosunde 78)|
|McShane||Tilt (Koroma 60)|
|Morley (Rathbone 83)||Wiles|
|Wilbraham||Ladapo (Vassell 60)|
Rotherham United are still in second place despite losing away at Rochdale yesterday with Millers Manager Paul Warne saying ‘the fans did not deserve to watch that’.
It was not a good display from the Millers, yet, according to the stats we had the majority of possession – fifty-eight per cent to Rochdale’s forty-two. We also won more of the aerial duels and had eleven corners (though most of them went straight to the Dale ‘keeper) to the host’s four.
Our passing accuracy in the opponents half comes out at fifty-four per cent and the stats say we had forty-six crosses to Rochdale’s twelve.
The Millers had twenty-two shots at goal of which seven were on target (I’m actually a bit bemused by this stat – seven on target? Really?) while our hosts had six shots on target from ten shots.
Rochdale gave away fourteen fouls to Rotherham’s nine with the two yellow cards of the game going to the home side.
So, if you are just looking at the stats they don’t look too bad do they? Of course, it’s not stats that win us points it’s goals and Rochdale scored three to our one and, honestly, I think it could have been a couple more.
We had changes yesterday, a couple for injuries, and, to me, the team looked lop-sided – just something didn’t look right. The pitch was awful and the ball bobbled and jumped up when it wasn’t expected but, at times, I think we were guilty of, well to be kind, ball-watching but really we were guilty of stood watching and being slow – a bit like we were at the start of the season.
But, it is just one loss and let’s hope it’s not the one that will matter at the end of the season. Upwards and Onwards. Southend at home next Saturday – but I don’t think that’s going to be as easy as it looks on paper.