Rotherham followed up an impressive 2-0 victory over promotion-chasing Hull City last time out with a 4-0 thrashing of Championship basement side Bolton yesterday. These two results came after Millers’ manager Neil Redfearn intimated that he’d been left sub-standard players when he took over as manager following Steve Evans’ sacking.
The first half was a tight affair with both teams fashioning few meaningful chances, a half that saw Bolton’s Zach Clough go close for the visitors and likewise Danny Ward for Rotherham. It was in the second half that it all exploded into action with the hosts plundering hapless Bolton four times. The goal rush started with Grant Ward’s 56th minute opener and this was doubled when Danny Ward slotted home after being released by Joe Newell. Newell then turned from provider to scorer when he powered behind the Bolton defence on 80 minutes to lash home a third Rotherham goal. 3-0 to the good and still pressing, there was still time enough left for substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris to score a fourth Rotherham goal to compound Bolton’s misery.
What was ultimately Bolton’s loss, turned out to be Rotherham’s gain as the Millers climbed out of the Championship relegation zone and Bolton stayed rooted to the bottom and realistically eight points from safety due to inferior goal difference.
Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn, quoted on BBC Sport said, “There was a lot at stake for both sides and I thought we were the better side. I thought in the second half, it really opened up, it became stretched and that suited us. Four wins in seven is definitely play-off form, but we are in the position we are in. We have got to keep doing what we are doing and keep putting little runs together.”
Weirdly, the majority of reaction on Twitter was one of disbelief from a wide range of fans tinged with a forthright analysis of Bolton’s efforts.
Rotherham hit Bolton for four – Twitter reacts
First a Blackburn fan…
Game called off today. Bolton hammered by lowly Rotherham. Fancy us to win on Monday
— Ewood Calling (@EwoodCalling) December 26, 2015
…quickly followed by a Leeds fan.
Still find it hard to believe we couldn't get a result against Bolton. When Rotherham are smashing you, there's an issue.
— Paddy Gunn (@HarteandSoul) December 26, 2015
A Bolton fan find humour the best medicine…
I was watching the movie Titanic, but then I realized I was watching Bolton play Rotherham. #bwfc
— David Kibler (@DavidKibler) December 26, 2015
…while other Bolton fans simply state the facts.
A Liverpool fan even gets their pennorth’worth in…
…whilst an Ipswich fan tips wink in Rotherham’s direction.
Rotherham are doing decent at the moment, 4-0 win against Bolton, must be happy with that!
— Bru (@KevIrnBru) December 26, 2015
Final word goes to a Rotherham fan…
Feel sorry for Bolton clubs in a mess hope they get sorted ASAP but millers were quality today great win #RUFC UTM
— Jake Ellams (@J_ellams_UTM) December 26, 2015
Nobody likes their team to lose 4-0 and put in a performance below the level of what the fan on the terrace finds ‘unacceptable’. The gracious thing was that from a Rotherham fan’s point of view, there was very little gloating about the result – just a sense of relief that they are out of danger.