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Quick Look Back At Last Season – March

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Rotherham United had a season to forget but let’s have a quick look back at what was happening with the Millers in March.

The first game up in March was our derby with neighbours Sheffield Wednesday at the New York Stadium. The only goal of the game came on sixty-six minutes with Ike Ugbo getting the win for our visitors.

Millers Head Coach Leam Richardson said he was ‘disappointed for the fans’.

Our next game was a Tuesday night match away at the CBS Arena taking on Coventry City. The injuries were mounting up again and Rotherham were able to play with just one recognised centre-half in this game. A very rare error from Viktor Johansson gave the hosts a five minute lead with an Ellis Simms goal. Joel Latibeaudiere made it two on twenty-three minutes and two more from Simms gave him a hat-trick and City a four goal lead going in at half-time. The City ‘keeper was forced into action for the first time on eighty minutes when he turned a Peter Kioso shot round the post but substitute Fabio Tavares scored in time added on to make it five-nil to Coventry.

‘That’s probably the worst forty-five minutes that I’ve been involved in,’ a weary Leam Richardson said after the defeat.

On the seventh of the month we learned that Daniel Ayala and the club had mutually agreed to end the Spanish defenders contract.

A difficult trip to Norwich, who were trying to get into a play-off place, was next for the Millers. And it went as well as the game at Coventry on Tuesday had. The Canaries started on the attack and carried on with Gabriel Sara opening their account on thirteen minutes. Jacob Sorensen doubled the lead eight minutes later and Borja Sainz made it three just after the half-hour mark. The Millers got their first corner on thirty-six minutes which was an easy clearance for the City defence and as the board went up for a further four more minutes Josh Sargent made it four-nil to Norwich. Two minutes into the second half the Sara scored his second and the hosts fifth and it was ‘goodnight Vienna’ for the visitors.

After the game the Millers Head Coach said he felt ‘physically sick’ for the travelling two hundred and twenty-six fans.

Viktor Johansson was called up for the Sweden squad with our on loan midfielder Andy Rinomhota getting the call to play for the Zimbabwe National Team.

The last game before the international break was a Yorkshire derby with Huddersfield Town making their way to the New York Stadium. The Millers claimed their first point in ten games with a goalless draw, Town going down to ten men on fifty-eight minutes with Sorba Thomas getting two yellows in four minutes.

‘It was a battling performance,’ the Millers Head Coach said.

On the back of that came the bad news that Christ Tiehi put on his social media accounts that he was ‘out for the season.’ This annoyed his manager who said, ‘I’ve spoken to Christ about social media and how you portray yourself. He could well not be out for the season and could make quite a few games towards the end of it.’ He didn’t

The Easter games were next on the agenda with it not being so Good a Friday for the Millers with their trip to Preston North End seeing them three down at half-time. Rotherham performed better in the second-half but the game had already been lost in the first forty-five.

Leam Richardson? He was still ‘feeling for the fans’.

In bottom spot Rotherham had twenty points to their name, the Owls were above them with nineteen points more with Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City on the same points as our neighbours.

Vital Rotherham’s Man of the Month for March was Hakeem Odoffin.

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