Two goals right at the death earned the Millers the most unlikely of late points against West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town at the New York Stadium. The Terriers were in cruise control thanks to goals from James Vaughan and Conor Coady but the Millers showed the fight and spirit that got them  into the Championship in the first place with a header from Jonson Clarke-Harris and a deflected strike from Lee Frecklington earning a precious point.

 Huddersfield started the brighter and were rewarded in the 30th minute. A quick breakaway released Sean Scannell who charged into the box and put the ball on a plate for James Vaughan who couldn’t miss from a yard out. Rotherham showed glimpses in the second half that would suggest they could get back into the game but those hopes were seemingly dashed on 61 minutes. Conor Coady headed home from an Oscar Gobern cross to put the visitors in firm control. Huddersfield had chances to extend their lead further. Harry Bunn amongst other missed glorious chances to kill the game off once and for all. Even so, with 88 minutes on the clock, it looked as if the points were only going one way. The Millers had other ideas. Jonson Clarke-Harris headed home a Paul Green cross to give them a crumb of hope. The 90 minutes were almost up as Lee Frecklington sent the home fans who had stayed into raptures. His shot from outside the box took a wicked deflection to send it past Alex Smithies to give the hosts a point they probably didn’t deserve.

Rotherham United

Adam Colin: Kept his side in it with some decent saves, couldn’t do a lot about the goals either. 6.8
Scott Wooton: Fairly solid throughout the game, didn’t do much wrong. 6.7
Craig MorganLost his marker for the second goal. Apart from that he won his fair share of aerial duals. 6.6
Kari Arnason: One of the better performers. Carried the ball out well from defence and also played some brilliant passes. 6.8
Reece James: A lot of Huddersfield’s attacks came down the left hand side and Scannell to be honest had a lot of joy. In fairness to James he did much better going forward. 6.6
Emmanuel Ledesma: Very lively throughout without  a real end product. His poor pass in his own box led to Huddersfield’s second goal. 6.5
Paul Green:  Gave the ball away a couple of times and was down a notch on recent performances. 6.6
Richard Smallwood:  Broke up the play well enough and picked out some decent passes, one of Rotherham’s better performers. 6.8
 Ben PringleThe effort was there as usual but it wasn’t his day after he played a few wayward passes. He did have time to put in one sublime cross how ever which no one was on the end of. 6.4
 Tom Lawrence: Good quick feet and trickery and was a real bright spark for a team that were creating very little. 6.8
 Alex Revell: Worked hard as always but didn’t win much. 6.4

Substitutions

Lee Frecklington: Came on and scored with a wicked deflection, shows what happens when you do have a shot. 6.8
Jordan Bowery: Added power and pace when he came on, looked a real threat. 6.7
Jonson Clarke-Harris: Very well taken goal when came one.  6.8

Huddersfield Town

 Alex Smithies: Didn’t actually have much to do apart from pick the ball out of his net twice. 6.8
Tommy Smith: Did well defensively as part of the back three. 6.6
Mark Hudson: Solid display from him, won almost everything that came his way. 7.0
Murray Wallace: Not as good as Hudson but still decent. 6.7
Jack Robinson: Spent too much time arguing with the officials. Had a tough day up against Ledesma and Lawrence. 6.6
Sean Scannell: Best player on the pitch. Provided a constant threat throughout and set provided the assist for the first goal. 7.3
Conor Coady: Took his goal very well and offered great energy in the midfield. 7.1
Jacob Butterfield: Tried to make something happen with his energy in the middle but failed to materialise with a few wayward passes. 6.6
Harry BunnMissed a big chance and went missing for the majority of the game after that. 6.6
Grant Holt: Like Bunn he missed a big chance, put himself about a bit but wasn’t great. 6.5
James Vaughan: Real handful and very well taken goal. Good performance. 7.2

Substitutions

Oscar Gobern: Very good cross for the second goal. 6.7
Nakhi Wells: Didn’t do a lot when he came on, ran around a bit but that’s about it. 6.5
 Anthony Gerrard: Didn’t have much time to make an impact. N/A

Man of the Match

Sean Scannell: He was lively throughout with his pace and energy down the right hand side. Good assists for the first goal and could have extended the lead further.  7.3

 


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