Rotherham United’s first win in eleven games yesterday was probably more impressive than some people know as the Millers were down to bare essentials as suspensions, the plague and locusts were running round the camp – OK, not quite the plague and probably not the locusts but definitely an illness was sweeping through the New York Stadium.
Players and management alike had been struck down with Rotherham not even able to fill the bench and of those that were on it two had never played first team football before. But two superbly worked goals and backs-to-the-walls gave us all three much needed points.
So what/who impressed me most?
As I’ve said the defending had to be spot on yesterday with Marek Rodak again keeping the ball out and his defence playing their part.
The player who I was most impressed with was young midfielder (one day he will not be referred to like this) Ben Wiles who, in my eyes, definitely made the grade yesterday.
Ben is ‘one of our own’ born in Rotherham and coming through the Academy to now take his place in the first team. He has impressed me all season, even in the first forgettable game away at Brentford, I thought he was the only shining light when he came on for the last twenty minutes or so.
Yesterday he didn’t flinch when up against footballers who have some good careers behind them and I thought he was one of the best passers of the ball while he wasn’t that far away with a shot from distance.
For me Ben is definitely one to keep our eyes on and I think one we’re going to have to keep other clubs’ hands off – he is one we need to hold on to – he is one of our own.
FOOTNOTE – Today Ben has signed a new deal with the Millers, subject to EFL and FA ratification, which will keep him at the New York Stadium until 2022.