Date: 16th July 2012 at 7:55am
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Rotherham United’s first game of 2012 was at Don Valley against Bradford City when three goals in eleven minutes in the second half gave the Millers all three points. It was three minutes after the hour mark that the Millers broke the deadlock when Alex Revell challenged the Bantams ‘keeper, McLaughlin and the ball fell to Lewis Grabban who slammed the ball into the back of the net. Five minute later McLaughlin rushed out of his area and bowled Sam Wood over and Grabban scored his, and the Millers’ second, from the penalty spot. The third goal came on seventy-four minutes when Brett Williams, on for Chris Holroyd, saw McLaughlin off his line and unleashed a shot from forty yards out that took both the ball and the back-peddling ‘keeper over the line.

Playing in goal for the Millers was Rhys Taylor who had just arrived on loan from Chelsea.

There was some bad news after the game regarding Danny Harrison who was treated both on and off the pitch before being replaced at half-time after going up for a fifty-fifty ball with City’s Ricky Ravenhall. After the game Harrison was taken to hospital with an ear problem to be checked out.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match – Lewis Grabban
Millers Player in Npower League Two Team of the Week – Lewis Grabban

Millers Manager, Andy Scott, in his post-match interview said he was pleased with the second half performance.

During the following week there were rumours that Crawley Town had put in a bid for Lewis Grabban believed to be around £100,000, which was later turned down by the Millers. It was also thought that Sheffield Wednesday had put in a bid for the striker too.

On the 6th of the month it was announced that the New York Stadium would not have undersoil heating, mainly due to the expense.

The Millers had an enforced rest when Gillingham, who they were due to visit, were involved in the next round of the FA Cup.

Defender Troy Brown went on loan to Aldershot until the end of the season, with Andy Scott saying, ‘there has been an issue of him settling up North.’ Meanwhile the Millers had been trying to fetch players in on loan and the first to arrive was defender Scott Griffiths from Peterborough with Sam Wood re-joining a couple of days later. Defender Richard Naylor was the next to join.

Ollie Banks was moved out on loan again, this time to Stalybridge Celtic until the end of the season.

Paolo di Canio brought his Swindon Town team to a frosty Don Valley with the visitors winning two-one. Matt Richie scored two goals in two minutes to give the visitors the lead going into the half-time break. Eight minutes into the second half a Chris Holroyd cross found the head of Alex Revell who put the ball across goal and into the net.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match – Johnny Mullins

Italian di Canio was banned from the touchline and had to sit amongst the Millers fans in the stands, where he wasn’t, shall we say, all that welcome!

After the game Andy Scott said his team got what they deserved – nothing – and said he was ‘absolutely disgusted’.

When Gareth Evans had to be withdrawn after fifteen minutes of the second half, Scott said, ‘Gareth said he was one hundred per cent fit and had trained Thursday and Friday. But, then during the game, he said he was struggling. He should have said he wasn’t fit.’

Striker, Alex Revell, said that he didn’t blame the fans for booing after the game and said, ‘At the end of the day, people come and pay good money to come and watch us play. The fans are desperate for the team to do well and so are we so I don’t think the fans booing was harsh at all.’

During the week Scott said he wanted his players to start to point the finger at their team-mates when things aren`t being done right.

The Manager also admitted that some of the players he’d brought in weren’t as good as he thought they would be, saying ,’We`ve brought in some good players but I`ve brought in some who have not quite done it.’

During the month it was revealed that Parkgate Shopping would continue to be the main sponsors on the Millers shirt.

Chris Holroyd left the Millers on the 20th of the month for an undisclosed fee to join Preston North End.

Before the game with Port Vale, the death of former Rotherham United Assistant Manager, Barrie Claxton was announced.

A Marc Richards penalty on fifty-six minutes was enough to give visitors, Port Vale, the win at a blustery Don Valley.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match – Scott Griffiths

Once again, Andy Scott, said his team didn’t deserve to win and, although the conditions were terrible, with a swirling wind, Scott said that had nothing to do with the loss. If you don’t put crosses in the box, don’t shoot and don’t keep the ball well you aren’t going to win games,’ he said.

Scott was booed by the Millers faithful when he substituted new boy Scott Griffiths, who had been far the better player on the pitch, and, after the game, explained it was a ‘fitness issue’.

There were rumours that there had been an emergency meeting between the owners and the manager after the loss on Saturday, but the club denied this and Chairman, Tony Stewart, said he would ‘back Andy Scott one hundred per cent’.

Meanwhile, Scott said that he has a formula – a formula that he knows works. He also hoped the Millers fans would stick with him and his team.

On the 26th of the month, winger, Kieron Cadogan signed on loan from Crystal Palace and the next day saw Marcus Marshall go out on loan to Macclesfield Town.

The next game was a ‘behind closed doors game’ against Doncaster Rovers where goalkeeper, Jamie Annerson, played his first fifteen minutes of the season.

Before going into the last game of the month, which was away to Dagenham and Redbridge, Andy Scott admitted he was ‘hurting’. ‘I want to be a success here, he said. ‘Its difficult but do you sit down and let everyone trample all over you and accept failure or do you stand up and fight? Well I`ll fight.’ The Chairman said that there was ‘no panic situation’.

The final game of the month at the L B Barking and Dagenham Stadium saw the Millers dominate the game but, once again, lose. Danny Harrison opened the scoring in the first half but five minutes into the second half Jon Nurse equalised for the Daggers. An own goal from Mark Bradley on sixty-two minutes was forgotten a minute later when Alex Revell’s head got to a cross from Scott Griffiths, and equalised. On seventy-eight minutes Scott Doe made it three-two to the home side. With two minutes to go, Michael Raynes was shown a second yellow card for an off-the-ball-incident, leaving the Millers down to ten men.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match – Lewis Grabban

In his post-match interview, Andy Scott said, ‘it’s not clicking’

At the end of the month, Brett Williams returned to Reading as his loan spell expired.

With just a few hours before the transfer window closed, the Millers admitted to having two players turn down the chance to join while it was thought the club had turned down two bids for Lewis Grabban.

The Millers finished the month in thirteen place in the table.

The Vital Man of the Month for January was Lewis Grabban

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