Two teams in contrasting form met at the New York Stadium on  Saturday. You wouldn’t have known it. The Millers put in one of their better performances of the season and had an unbeaten Charlton side clinging on for a point which kept their unbeaten record in the league going. 

Charlton took the lead midway through the first half when Johann Berg Gudmundsson cut inside and fired a shot low and hard past Scott Loach. Charlton looked the more likely to add to their tally afterwards and controlled the remainder of the half and in fairness, their half time lead was probably merited. The second half was a different story. The visitors were under immense pressure for the majority of the half as the Millers searched for their first home goal in over a month. They thought they’d got it too when Jordan Bowery flicked the ball past the Charlton ‘keeper but he was denied by the linesman’s flag. The Millers did find the equaliser their play deserved on 70 minutes. Luciano Becchio pounced on a mistake by Tal Ben Haim to find substitute Ben Pringle on the left. Pringle then put in a delightful cross which put the ball on plate for Becchio to score his first goal for the Millers. Despite Rotherham’s second half domination it was Charlton who had the best chance of the second half and could have won the game when substitute Fredric Bulot’s shot was unconventionally kept out by Scott Loach, who recovered from originally squandering the ball to hold onto it on the line. pa-2096296583-1930429_478x359

Rotherham United

Scott Loach: A solid league debut for Loach. Couldn’t do anything about the goal and saved the Millers from conceding late in the game. 6.5
 Frazer Richardson: Both sides of his game were spot on yesterday. He defended well and offered an option going forward. 6.8
 Craig Morgan: Looked solid and assured at the back and as expected was a commanding presence, marshalled the back four very well as always. 6.8
 Kari Arnason: A performance that oozed class. Not only was he solid and assured at the back, but his runs from defence and long range passing to get moves going capped off a fantastic day for the Icelandic international. 8.0
 Joe Skarz: Looked solid defensively and got forward to put some dangerous crosses into the Charlton box. Solid display. 6.8
 Anthony Wordsworth: Got forward in the second half and looked like he could make something happen. Only criticism is that he should be shooting more, he proved on Tuesday against Bolton he’s capable of scoring from range. 6.6
 Richard Smallwood: Did his job well by sitting in front of the defence and breaking up play. Unfortunately him and Green were effectively doing the same job and it didn’t work with both of them on the pitch. 6.5
 Paul Green: Very good performance from Green, which is becoming what’s expected of him. Good energy around the midfield, rarely lost a tackle and spread the play around well. 7.5
 Paul Taylor: Not his day yesterday. Everything he tried didn’t come off, started off by firing a long range effort high and over and finished by missing a glorious chance from four yards out. He kept going though and wasn’t afraid to take players on and offer himself, which was admirable. 5.8
 Jordan Bowery: Improving game by game. Recent goals have seen him grow in confidence and Steve Evans is now seeing the player he thought he had bought originally. Big strong and powerful, Bowery never stopped running and looked a constant threat. 7.0
 Alex Revell: Won his fair share of headers before going off injured. Wasn’t really on long enough to make a real impact on the game but worked hard as always. 6.3

Substitutions

Luciano Becchio: Came on and scored a goal despite not being fully match fit, which is encouraging. The best of Becchio is still to come I feel. 7.2
 Lee Frecklington: His driving runs through the midfield offered an option which has been missing since he was left out of the side. Could have won the game at the death but his shot went over the bar and onto the roof of the net. 7.0
 Ben Pringle: Also made a big difference. Great ball into the box for the goal. Had Becchio and Bowery fighting to put it in. 7.0

Charlton Athletic 

Stephen Henderson: Solid game from the Charlton ‘keeper. Organised his back four very well and was a dominant force in the air when coming for crosses. Made a couple of key saves. 7.0
 Chris Solly: Solid performance also. Offered himself as an option going forward while also carrying out his defensive duties. 6.8
 Tal Ben Haim: Squandered possession which led to the equaliser. Apart from that he had a decent game. 6.5
 Andre Bikey-Amougou: Didn’t look comfortable playing the ball along the floor, but in the air it was easy for him. Man mountain at the back for Charlton. 6.8
 Rhoys Wiggins: Like Solly. Carried out both roles expected of the modern full back well. 6.8
 Johann Berg Gudmundsson: Excellent goal and was a constant threat throughout with his pace. Rotherham will rue missing out on signing him in the Summer. 7.2
 Yoni Buyens: Had a decent game. Was neat and tidy on the ball and rarely squandered possession. 6.6
 Johnnie Jackson: Always an assured performer in the middle of the park. Tackled well and has a good range of passing. Also has a fierce shot on him. 6.8
 Jordan Cousins: Couldn’t really get into the game. When he had it he looked a threat though. 6.5
 Frank Moussa: Drove through the middle effectively and linked up well with Vetekole. 6.7
 Igor Vetokele: Was largely kept quiet by the Rotherham defence, disappointing performance. 6.5

Substitutions

Frederic Bulot: Almost won the game for Charlton after cut inside and fired low. Scott Loach managed to keep it out, some how. 6.8
 Callum Harriott: His pace and direct running looked dangerous against a tiring defence, but couldn’t find a way through 6.6
Morgan Fox: Didn’t have that much time to make a real impact on the game but didn’t put a foot wrong for the time he did play. 6.5

Man of the Match

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Kari Arnason:  Charlton handed Rotherham a lot of the ball in the second half and it would have been easy to waste possession with side ways passes. Arnason though did very well on the ball often picking out more attacking players with good passes while also driving forward effectively from the back. Carried out his defensive duties very well too, looks at home in the Championship.  8.0


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