Millers Match Report: Rotherham United 1 Port Vale 2

Daniel Nardiello up against Richard Duffy
Daniel Nardiello up against Richard Duffy
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ROTHERHAM United, For the second successive home game, lost to one of the leading two sides which suggests they are Falling short of the very best this division has to offer.

It was not dissimilar too to the defeat by leaders Gillingham in the previous home outing in that Rotherham had plenty of possession, did lots of attacking but could not break down opposition who defended in depth in and around their own area.

From Vale’s viewpoint it was a classic away performance of its kind in that they defended in numbers, put bodies on the line defensively, worked like dervishes all over the pitch and then made the most of the rare moments of real threat.

Of course it was all set up nicely in front of a near full house (Vale hadn’t sold all their allocation) with Millers’

memories certainly extending back to that unhappy afternoon at Vale Park in September and the 6-2 defeat.

In Vale’s first threat of the second half, on 55 minutes came that vital first goal, Dodds finishing low from the left from Pope’s supply.

It got harder for the Millers eight minutes later when Yates slipped Pope clear and he clipped his 22nd of the season past the advancing Warrington.

Vale simply manned the barricades, kept their workrate high and whatever the Millers threw into the penalty area, they got their head on it or got a block on. So well did they do it that Rotherham couldn’t find an inch of space to create any real opportunity until pulling one back with seven minutes left.

O’Connell’s ball down the line saw Odejayi outrun McCombe and his cutback was drilled in by Agard.

It led to a frantic finale and even Warrington went up for a corner, but, as against leaders Gillingham, Rotherham were unable to break through and it was another crucial home defeat to a promotion rival.