Millers FT: Rotherham United 4, Gillingham 1

Rotherham United v Gillingham - SkyBet League 1 - 30th November 2013 - Kieran Agard holds the ball as the Millers press
Rotherham United v Gillingham - SkyBet League 1 - 30th November 2013 - Kieran Agard holds the ball as the Millers press
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Rotherham ended a run of five games without a win, with a 4-1 win over Gillingham at the New York Stadium.

A touch more reserved, to help combat Coventry’s midfield and their style, whilst the defence made adjustments in view of Coventry’s pace.

Nouha Dicko is congratulated by new loan signing James Tavernier (left)

Nouha Dicko is congratulated by new loan signing James Tavernier (left)

No such tactics today. It was going to be different again, with the Millers asked to be on the front foot and force the pace.

And they quickly found themselves with an early advantage thanks to an electrifying goal from DICKO after just eight minutes.

Revell headed on and Dicko was on to it on the left side of the area. He was faced by Barrett but he smoothly moved inside and fired a right foot shot that flew high past Nelson into the far side of the net.

It quickly brought a chorus of D-I-C-K-O from the fans at the other end of the ground on the North End and the goal reflected Rotherham’s confident start.

Before the goal, Tavernier had demonstrated the quality of his crossing ability with two low centres, the first of them requiring an important clearance from Barrett.

There was a real threat about the Millers’ attacking work and Agard ran through the middle but fired wide from 18 yards.

Then came another sight of Dicko, as he flashed a fierce effort not far wide.

But Rotherham were in rampant form, looking threatening with every move and they went two up on 22 minutes. Pringle delivered from the left to the far post, Revell got up above Martin to nod down and AGARD pounced to drill home his 11th of the season from eight yards.

For once a cracking start by the Millers had seen them get the gioals to go with it.

Collin had been a bystander so far, only required to pluck a corner out of the air which he did confidently.

There was an opportunity for a third when Pringle’s centre found Agard unmarked ten yards out but he miscued his header.

One passage of play, multi-passing, involving lots of players, was of extremely high quality and Gillingham were mesmerised and chasing shadows.

It was no surprise when a third goal followed on 36 minutes. PRINGLE, ignoring the unmarked Dicko’s run, went on his own and his low 20 yarder found the far corner.

The only downside so far was an injury to Skarz which required him to go off. Brindley went on and Tavernier switched to left back.

If there was a better first half performance in League One today than Rotherham’s, then I’d be very surprised.

Tidser was sparking so much off in the simplest of fashions and the Millers had hardly put a foot wrong and as their confidence just oozed, Tavernier’s 25 yarder brought a fine save from Nelson.

The half-time standing ovation was thunderous.

No one expected a repeat showing but within a minute, Agard’s low centre would have set up Dicko but for Daniels’ interception six yards out.

A brilliant flying save by Nelson tipped behind Tavernier’s 25 yarder after he’d cut in from the left.

On 64 minutes Gillingham replaced Kedwell with Akinfenwa and the burly striker, with his first touch seconds after going on, flicked on and McDONALD held off Arnason to poke his shot past Collin to pull one back for the visitors.

A lovely one-two saw Pringle slide in Dicko, only for Nelson to block at his feet, the ball then rebounding off the striker and into the side netting.

Gillingham had to improve this half and had done, whilst Rotherham hadn’t quite managed the same tempo. But they were still knocking it about with assurance and wrapped things up with a fine goal with 15 minutes to go.

Frecklington spotted the run of Tavernier and chipped a marvellous pass, right to left. TAVERNIER moved onto it, knocked it inside Harriman and then hammered his finish past Nelson.

After a long spell of keep-ball and olés from the crowd, it was time for Vuckic to get his debut inside the last ten minutes, at the expense of Revell.

First touch for Vuckic set up a chance for Frecklington whose shot was blocked.

This ended a run of five home games in the league without a win, and they had certainly won with real style and quality.

It was the sort of scoreline their recent performances had been threatening and the display of the first 45 minutes will stay long in the memory for fans of the Millers.

Tidser got a well deserved ovation for an excellent game when Tubbs replace him near the end.