What did we learn from our trips to Goodison Park and the DW Stadium last week?
Firstly Everton didn’t disrespect Paul Warne’s side and played a number of players who had already played in the Premier League this season – on loan French international Kurt Zouma, £18m French international Lucas Digne, £40m Icelandic International Gylfi Sigurdsson to name but a few.
Jon Taylor is, in our eyes, faster than Theo Walcott who both came on as subs on Wednesday night.
And, as well as the goal Will Vaulks scored, we had other chances to put the ball in the net – and a good night was had by all.
Then we come to the game at Wigan (yes, I am sat shaking my head).
We just went to the DW Stadium and ‘parked the bus’. We just played to stop Paul Cook’s side scoring. Now, it can be argued that until the seventy-third minute it worked. Wigan didn’t score but, on the other hand, Rotherham didn’t get out of the oppositions box.
Again, when we brought on Kyle Vassell around the hour mark we actually got into gear and had chances, which we didn’t take or skied into the crowd. This is the Championship lads, you’ve got to take what few chances you get.
In his after match interview Paul Warne said we played against ‘an excellent Wigan side’. To be honest, I was expecting a lot more from Wigan at home. When Will Grigg and Nick Powell were subbed I thought Wigan began to play like Rotherham.
Lastly, I was a bit surprised to a) see Richie Towell on the bench and b) with him being on the bench that he wasn’t brought on for ten minutes or so.
So it’s the international break now which I’m not entirely sure is a good thing for the Millers coming off that loss on Saturday but it is time to give the lads a bit of a break, because it’s been a hectic first month back, with eight games.
But we always knew it wasn’t going to be an easy ride in the Championship didn’t we.