Date: 26th October 2019 at 6:41pm
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Rotherham United 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1
                                            Kashnet (5)

Rotherham United’s second home defeat in a week left Millers fans scratching their head this afternoon wondering why the team seem to be able to perform away from the New York Stadium much better than at home.

It wasn’t the best game as just under eight a half thousand wet and dripping fans made their way into the ground but it was the visiting five hundred who were cheering on five minutes when Anthony Stewart saw Scott Kashnet get clear of his marker sending him a long ball which he slotted into the bottom corner of the net to give them an early lead. A foul on Jamie Lindsay saw referee Neil Hair show the first yellow of the game to Rolando Aarons with the free-kick coming to nothing. Matthew Olosunde did well to round a few Wycombe defenders but his cross wasn’t the best with the same player rising above everyone minutes later to reach a Ben Wiles ball but his header was an easy catch for Ryan Allsop in the visitors goal. Michael Smith was booked after clipping the heels of Joe Jacobson and when Chiedozie Ogbene chased a poor back pass Stewart saw yellow for fetching him down and two minutes later Billy Jones was booked for what looked like a coming together between him and David Wheeler. On twenty-five minutes Ogbene got himself free and running down the left sent a ball into the area for Smith but the centre-forward saw his header go wide before he had to help out at the other end to stop Aarons getting a shot away. Some good work from Smith saw his shot blocked and after a number of corners Wiles sends one in towards Smith but Allsop first punched away then went down and was given a free-kick. In time added on at the end of the first half the Millers had Daniel Iversen to thank for diving across his goal to keep a shot from Kashnet out and stop the visitors doubling their lead.

The second half saw a change for each side with Jake Hastie on for Billy Jones for Rotherham and the visitors replacing Dominic Gape, who had a knock before half-time, with Alex Pattison. Matthew Olosunde did well to stop Rolando Aarons getting a header towards goal before a Wiles corner up the other end hit a Wycombe head and went just wide with the following corner being dropped by Ryan Allsop before his defence cleared. A poor challenge on Jamie Lindsay resulted in a yellow card for Alex Pattison although as much as poor a foul on Ogbene by Mat Bloomfield got nothing. Hastie, lively since coming on at half-time, was getting set-pieces into the box with no joy and when he had a go himself Allsop was there to save. Richard Wood, who had a head injury in the first half, was replaced by Trevor Clarke which was followed by Matt Crooks taking too long to shoot from just outside the box and the ball was taken off him. Paul Warne’s last throw of the dice saw him take Matthew Olosunde off and fetching on Carlton Morris. Some good defending from Stewart stopped a low cross from Ogbene causing problems before some good work from Clarke saw him get the ball towards the feet of Smith only for a Wycombe defender to put it behind for a corner. The actual biggest cheer of the afternoon went to the linesman on the Family Stand side who had been getting flak from the fans there all afternoon (and really needs to learn the off-side rule) who slipped over on the wet turf. Matt Crooks was the latest to be booked for a foul on Jacobson which was followed by the visitors fetching on Adebayo Akinfenwa replacing Rolando Aarons. With ten minutes to go an acrobatic save from Iversen saw him save from Bloomfield. The visitors last change saw Nnamdi Ofoborh on for goalscorer Scott Kashket. A superb pass from Clarke got the ball to Smith who looked like getting the equaliser until Curtis Thompson stopped him in his tracks followed by a shot from distance by Crooks which was way off target. With three minutes to go Carlton Morris saw yellow although he appeared to get the ball from Jacobson. In the final moments of time added on a headed pass from Hastie found the head of Lindsay but the ball was blocked and put to safety.

A bad day at the office I suppose you’d call it. Or, as I think, too many players having an off day. (I seem to be repeating myself a bit of late).

Referee – Neil Hair

Attendance – 8,337 (512 Wycombe fans)

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11 Replies to “Poor Weather And Equally Poor Game Sees Another Home Loss For Millers”

  • Yet again we turn up in torrential rain when the team doesn’t !!! Perhaps Warney should arrange a Coach trip for the team to our home games ( reckon it’s been done before) and pretend they’re playing away !!!! Then we might get a home win. We might as well try it as the change of dugouts hasn’t worked. I know we have injuries causing problems but I think at home we have to push a 4-4-2 as visiting teams just put 5+ at the back and try to score on the break. This is less likely when we score first because they have to come forward. We have to use our wingers to better effect and vary balls into the box. Our midfielders have to make effective runs into the box as well. This has happened away from Home recently but seems not to be the game plan at home. I just hope this isn’t going to be a case of “So near yet so far” this season.

    • I didn’t think Wycombe were much better than us yesterday although they were more organised and closed us down – something we seem incapable of doing to visiting teams for some reason.

  • What a load of utter garbage served up by the millers yesterday! Shite from the first minute until the last, how much more of this do we have to put up with, the result at Ipswich in midweek counted for nothing after yesterday’s pathetic excuse of a football team been clueless the entire game, defeats at home against Oxford & Wycombe back to back expose the massive problems Warne as created, how much longer do we put up with this clown?.

  • Frankly, I no longer know what to think. In over 50 years watching the Millers I don’t remember such dramatic swings in form from one game to the next. Ipswich was a great result though if they had scored with that early chance we might have lost by 3 or 4. We never look like coming back in a game. We have a lauded forward, the club’s biggest signing, scorer of 18 goals last season in a poor side and he can’t get a place. I played football only at college level, never got near the university first eleven and a million miles from being a pro. But I took right side corners and free kicks and expected to get 60 or 70% on the money. It’s a dead ball and it only requires practice to do it right and yet ours are consistently abysmal. Our home performances are worse than we achieved last season against better sides. Lord knows if it’s Warne’s fault but I see no prospect that he knows how to put things right. He should be sacked and soon.

    • The set-pieces have been a big disappointment for the last few weeks. I wonder if we do practice them.

  • it seem warny cant motivate is men any more whats the problem caz it seems they dont all have the same mind set when they come out.But its nice to hear from the critics again i wandered where they had all gone

    • LOL CinL. I don’t know what the problem is. I can’t think that it’s that we aren’t fit because we didn’t seem to be flagging yesterday, the players just looked out of sorts and didn’t seem to know where they were playing. Personally I like to see wingers on the wing but . . . .

  • Those Lads need some one like Steve Evans who can give them a bloody good kicking when they don’t turn up. And know we say this every week but dear god the officials were bloody awful at one point the line’s man on my side of the ground couldn’t make us mind who give a throw in to

    • The linesmen are no help to referee’s these days. Got admit John, the name ‘Steve Evans’ came out of my mouth on Saturday too.

  • ive been a fan for 50 years plus and cant remember such swings in form maybe warny to much mr nice guy and needs to kick ass more I dont always agree with other fans liike stuart webster and kevin and others but things need to change

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