9/01/2021 12:00 pm
Referee: Stuart Attwell
|Tousan (9), Doucoure (93)||Olosunde (56)|
|Coleman||Olosunde (Jones 90)|
|Digne (Mina 66)||Harding (Clarke 83)|
|Iwobi (Doucoure 61)||Lindsay (Jozefzoon 76)|
|Davies (G Sigurdsson 66)||Barlaser|
|Rodriguez (Nkounkouat 95)||Crooks (Vassell 67)|
|Gordon (Bernard 61)||Wiles|
|Tosun||Smith (Hirst 77)|
Rotherham United are out of the FA Cup at the first time of asking but it wasn’t for the want of effort the players put into the game at Goodison Park against Premier League side Everton today.
The Millers lost two-one but took the Toffees into extra time after coming back from one down in the original ninety minutes.
Watching the game on TV I am surprised to see that the possession stats went sixty-six to thirty-four per cent in Everton’s favour – I really think it should have been more like fifty-fifty after ninety although the hosts did have more of the game in extra time. I was actually miffed after the first forty-five minutes to see these stats said Everton had had sixty-two per cent of play – I’m not convinced of that at all.
Everton also did better in the duel having a fifty-six per cent success rate and, although they didn’t get their first corner until midway through the second half they had six to our four.
Rotherham’s passing accuracy was sixty-eight per cent and fifty-nine per cent in our opponents half while our crossing accuracy came out as twenty-seven per cent to the hosts’ ten.
Both sides had sixteen shots at goal with both also having four on target – sixteen shots against a good Premier League side? We really, really should have been getting some of those in the net.
The only yellow card of the game went to the Millers’ sub George Hirst and, personally, I think that was pretty harsh.
I have to say, at times the Millers looked dangerous and we played some nice football but, in the end, the top team showed, Perhaps it was the players they were able to fetch on off the bench, maybe we were just, eventually, kerry packered.
Next week it’s back to the league and we have to take the experience we got today into that – we have to start getting points that push us up the table.
Well done Millers for today’s performance.