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ROTHERHAM 1 TOWN 0

16 April 2022

Hosts claim spoils in South Yorkshire

Town fell to a narrow defeat at Rotherham this afternoon.

James Norwood had the Blues' best chance early on but Michael Smith's 78th minute goal proved to be decisive in South Yorkshire. 

Elkan Baggott made his league debut in place of the suspended Cameron Burgess, becoming the first Indonesian ever to play in English professional football in the process.

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Dominic Thompson and Bersant Celina came in for Matt Penney and Conor Chaplin respectively in Kieran McKenna’s other two changes.

The Millers had a good opportunity to open the scoring inside three minutes at a sun-soaked AESSEAL New York Stadium but, after a corner fell at the feet of Smith, the striker’s effort was blocked by a combination of Christian Walton and a defender on the line. 

Town created a golden chance at the other end five minutes later but Norwood couldn’t direct Wes Burns’ drilled cross on target from close range after a good ball over the top from Sone Aluko had released the Welsh wing-back.

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The leg of Thompson denied Ben Wiles with just under half an hour played after the Rotherham midfielder had caught a volley sweetly from the right side of the box.

Having begun the first half strongly, the hosts started the second in similar fashion as Jamie Lindsay was inches away from connecting with Rarmani Edmonds-Green’s cross from the corner of the box.

An outstanding run from Luke Woolfenden created Town’s best chance of the second period on 72 minutes. The centre-back worked his way from one box to the other, only briefly offloading possession to Sam Morsy, before playing the ball across the face of the goal. His low cross was only cleared as far as Burns, who saw his well-struck drive from just inside the area tipped over the bar by Viktor Johansson.

The Blues had Walton to thank for keeping the scores level a few minutes later, the shot-stopper somehow turning away Smith's header from no more than six yards out.

Smith broke the deadlock moments later, however, with the striker stroking a loose ball into the bottom corner from inside the box following a long throw-in.

Rotherham saw out nine minutes of additional time to claim the three points.

Rotherham: Johansson, Harding, Osei-Tutu (Wood 90'), Wiles, Ogbene, Miller (Barlaser 23’), Lindsay, Rathbone, Ihiekwe, Edmonds-Green, Smith. 

Subs: Chapman, Mattock, Ferguson, Ladapo, Kayode.

Booked: Edmonds-Green.

Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Baggott, Burns, Bakinson, Morsy (C), Thompson, Aluko (Chaplin 66’), Celina (Pigott 79'), Norwood (Bonne 66’).

Subs: Hladky, Penney, Carroll, El Mizouni.

Booked: Burns, Celina, Norwood, Woolfenden.

Attendance: 9,364 (1,087 Town fans).

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