Match report: Torquay 1 Rotherham United 3

Lee Frecklington stretches to get the better of Aaron Downes
Lee Frecklington stretches to get the better of Aaron Downes
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The Millers got themselves back on track and back into the Play-off zone thanks to a defiant first half and a splendid second half display.

As expected, Claude Davis returned at the back enabling Kari Arnason to move back into midfield where he partnered the recalled Frecklington.

The wide roles went to Kieran Agard and Dan Kearns (his first start) whilst Alex Revell returned up front to partner Daniel Nardiello who passed a late test.

The home side, with one win in eight, looked tentative at the start and Arnason dragged a shot wide from a decent position following a corner.

However Rotherham were soon having to defend as the home side found some confidence and the Millers were indebted to Andy Warrington for two fine saves.

Before those he was grateful when Bodin glanced a header narrowly wide from a cross by left back Nicholson.

Agard was providing energy down the right but particularly so in tracking back with the attacking Nicholson and he made one important intervention before Warrington’s saves.

Firstly he turned over a poweerful 15 yarder from Mansell in fine style and then repeated matters from the same player, this time low to his right. Bradley’s challenge on Jarvis for the loose ball was vimportant.

The lively Bodin headed not far over and then both sides might have scored in the six minutes of first half stoppage time.

Jarvis, in the clear, lifted his effort off target from the edge of the area with Warrington right on top of him and possibly distracxting him. Then Bodin, following a Millers corner, broke from inside his own half and Warrington had to make another good save from his 18 yarder.

Then came Rotherham’s first real chance made by Revell’s challenge on Nicholson. It put Agard in possession but his effort from an angle inside the area saw keeper Poke divert it away with his legs.

A minute into the second half, Rotherham were on their way to improvement and the points when they went in front.

Kearns made ground on the left and found Frecklington just outside the area. He feinted to shoot, two defenders threw themselves down to block and the midfielder lifted the ball over and away from them before striking a fierce left footer which went in off Poke’s body.

The game turned inexorably Rotherham’s way on 59 minutes came Revell’s long overdue goal, his first since October.

Ridehalgh’s ball was glanced on by Nardiello and Revell ran on, got the better of Downes and struck a left footer inside the far post.

Rotherham were now in charge but a key moment came on 65 minutes. Sub Macklin went on and with his first touch pounced on a deflection inside the area, drilled his shot past Mullins and Warrington but Bradley popped up to clear off the line.

Thereafter, the Millers kept threatening to add to their lead with Frecklington prompting and they spurned several opportunities, one when Slew miscued in front of an empty net from Frecklington’s unselfish pass.

There seemed little danger of the home side getting back in it until the 90th minute when Bradley, with a needless challenge, tripped Bodin who scored from the spot.

However, any home hopes of a comeback were immediately ended straight from the kick off.

Sub Courtney Cameron split open the left-side of Torquay’s defence to set up a tap in for Kayode Odejayi and the return to the Play-off places was confirmed with a well deserved win.

n TORQUAY UTD: Poke, Leadbitter, Downes, Saah, Nicholson; Mansell, Lathrope; Craig (Benyon ht), Yeoman, Bodin; Jarvis (Macklin 65). Subs: Rice, MacDonald, Easton, Stevens, Cruise,.

n ROTHERHAM UTD: Warrington; Bradley, Davis, Mullins, Ridehalgh; Agard (Cameron 80), Frecklington, Arnason, Kearns; Nardiello (Odejayi 67), Revell (Slew 74). Subs: Tonge, Pringle, Rowe, Thompson.

n Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).

n Goals: Frecklington (46), Revell (59) Odejayi (90+1) for Rotherham; Bodin (90 pen) for Torquay.

n Att: 1,778,