Date: 1st September 2019 at 10:17am
Written by:
Rotherham United
1 – 1
Tranmere Rovers

New York Stadium

League One

31/08/2019 3:00 pm

Attendance: 8691

Referee: Andy Haines

Rotherham United Tranmere Rovers
Wiles (73) Payne (90+5)
Iversen Davies
Olosunde Nelson (Woods 90)
 
Robertson Ridehalgh
Ihiekwe Ray
Wood Monthe
Barlaser (Lindsay 45) Potter
Wiles Jennings
Crooks Perkins
Smith Morris
Ladapo (Mattock 89) Payne
 
Vassell (Ogbene 12) Mullin (Hepburn-Murphy 75)
 

Substitutes

Bilboe Pillings
Mattock Woods
Southern-Cooper Gilmour
Thompson Maddox
Lindsay Hepburn-Murphy
MacDonald Ponticelli
Ogbene
 
Walker-Rice

Game Statistics

11 Goal attempts 12
3 On Target 4
7 Corners 7
15 Fouls 19
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
53 % 47

Rotherham United fans will be disappointed with a point at home against Tranmere Rovers yesterday with what was practically the last kick of the game. But, I suppose, we should look at it as ‘it’s the first home point of the season’ and it’s something to build upon.

Looking at the match stats there wasn’t a lot to chose between the sides – the Millers had six per cent more possession and were better with the duels – including the aerial duels which actually surprises me.

Both sides had seven corners while our passing accuracy both around the pitch and in the opponents half was better than the visitors. Rotherham had eleven shots at goal of which three were on target with Tranmere having twelve shots and four on target.

Actually, in a game that was very much stop-and-start, I don’t suppose twenty-three shots at goal is that bad.  Both teams were as bad as one another but I think one thing we have to learn is that teams are going to come to the New York Stadium to frustrate us, not let us play a flowing game because, after all, we are in League One and not the Championship – though the officials are just as bad, if not worse.

The best thing about the game is probably the way our newest player Chiedozie Ogbene, who was rather thrown in at the deep end on twelve minutes, impressed and that Ben Wiles finally got a goal to call his own!

We make the short journey to the Keepmoat next Saturday to take on Doncaster Rovers – don’t forget it’s a 1230 kick-off.

 

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