Millers match report: Rotherham United 6 Notts County 0

Alex Revell fires home the third goal for the Millers
Alex Revell fires home the third goal for the Millers
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There aren’t too many wins like this and Millers followers were certainly entitled to revel in it.

It matters not what league you’re in or what the division is, where you are or where your opponents are, turning over a team 6-0 is quite some going.

Of course, there’ll be those who recall a more famous 6-0 home win over none other than Chelsea back in the autumn of 1981 after promotion to what’s now The Championship.

Since then, apart from a couple of cup-tie wins by the same margin (and, strangely, four instances of scoring six away from home) only three times have Millers fans seen their team score at least six in a home game in a league fixture (6-0 v Hereford in 1989 and 6-4 against Cheltenham in 2010 with 7-0 in 1994 the last time this one was bettered).

So, no wonder there were beaming faces all round - right from the half-time Bovril when 4-0 up meant it was all over. Two more goals in the second half made it New York Stadium’s biggest ever win.

In the process, it extended the Millers’ lead over the seventh-placed club to 14 points, which means they are closing in on a play-off spot. It also enables them to keep dreaming of somehow making the top two who remain nine points in front.

That’s a tall order, particularly the way the top clubs are going. Mind you, those above are entitled to wonder what they have to do to break away.

Wolves have just won SEVEN on the trot and only now have they gone top.

Orient were unbeaten in 11 then lost at New York and dropped out of the top two for the first time all season. Three wins on the bounce and they have managed to get back in it.

Brentford lost their 19-match unbeaten record only last week and now find themselves only third.

Preston are gasping in their pursuit and have gone 12 without defeat yet still find themselves fourth and six points off automatic.

And the Millers keeping wrapping their fingers round the coat-tails of the four above with nine unbeaten, of which seven have been won. They are clinging on tenaciously.

It’s a big ask for the Millers but they certainly have signalled their intentions to have a go and keep fighting. The merits of an all-round stronger squad and the momentum they have created for themselves are plain for all to see.

This game had a slow start, although after the monumental effort in the midweek thriller at Preston there might have been expectation of some sort of reaction come 3 o’clock here.

But once James Tavernier’s confidently-struck 22-yarder from a dubiously-awarded free-kick had put an 11th minute dampener on Notts County’s bright start, the result was never in doubt.

A few minutes later there was a second and if they may not exactly have been dancing in the streets of Slovenia there certainly was a Slovenian dancing on the playing fields of Rotherham!

Haris Vuckic is one of those talents waiting patiently on the bench no doubt wondering why they’re not starting before checking out that the players out there have kept churning out wins.

So, when the chance comes, make an impact. Coming in for thigh victim Wes Thomas, he bagged his first home goal, aided by a deflection. His celebration was one of sheer delight and unadulterated joy.

From then on you knew what the outcome would be. Notts, lightweight in contrast to the Preston heavyweights of a few days earlier, were being toyed with and more goals had to follow.

Two came quickly, Alex Revell showing his confidence with a powerful strike from 25 yards before a gift penalty after a bad defensive mix-up enabled Kieran Agard to net from the spot for his 17th of the season.

So, it was four in an 18-minute spell, 4-0 by the 28th and game over.

Understandably, the Millers oozed confidence and, in fact, it was all a bit too comfortable really, Notts were outclassed all over the place.

Self-indulgence can kick in at times like that and players did start fancying getting their name on the scoresheet. You wondered how many more they could get if they really went for it.

Revell lobbed over the keeper and on to the roof of the net or it would have been five at the break, but many were asking when was the last time the Millers had a 4-0 half-time lead at home. An awful long time back is the easy answer.

In such situations, second halves are often an anti-climax. Against such demoralised opposition, more looked on the cards, but we had to settle for two. Vuckic got his second, again with a deflection, and Tom Hitchcock finished from a Nicky Adams cross.

There’ll be those, the manager for one, who reckon they have actually played better than that this season and that Notts were pretty poor once on the receiving end, but no-one did any other than enjoy the entertainment.

There are far stiffer tasks ahead and the Millers are up for the challenge.

Hero: The crowd for their reception for Lee Frecklington. Had merely been good as opposed to his usual brilliant so why did the whole ground rise as one when he went off? It was in recognition of his contribution to the season as a whole. A memorable moment.

Meanwhile, Alex Revell dedicated his Millers goal in the 6-0 demolition of Notts County to the memory of 12-year-old cancer victim Natalie Maw who died two years ago.

Her father, Peter, said it was a surprise to him and an emotional moment.

The Millers striker lifted his shirt to reveal a T-shirt bearing the message ‘4 Natalie’ in support of Natie’s Champs, a group of family and friends who support the work of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice where Natalie, from Whiston, died exactly two years ago to the day.

However, a new FIFA ruling made at the weekend, will ban all such shows of support by players for causes or individuals from June.

Natie’s Champs had sponsored the matchball and Peter - a Millers season-ticket-holder - said: “I didn’t know anything about it and it was quite emotional when I saw it.

“Alex has supported the hospice. He’ll have spoken to Gail Parkin from the hospice and decided to do it. It was a lovely gesture.”

He said the sponsorship of the matchball was to publicise and support Bluebell Wood.

Revell’s goal helped Rotherham to their biggest win since a 6-0 win at Lincoln in March 2011, days after Ronnie Moore had been sacked and a game in which his son, Ian Thomas-Moore, scored a hat-trick.

The last time Rotherham scored six at home was beating Cheltenham 6-4 in August 2010 when Adam Le Fondre scored four. It was the joint biggest win since beating Hartlepool 7-0 at Millmoor in April 1994.

The other 6-0 home win since then was over Kings Lynn in the FA Cup in 1997 while there was also a 6-0 win at Millwall on the opening day of the 2002/03 season. The most famous 6-0 home win remains the one over Chelsea in 1981.

Saturday’s win took the Millers’ unbeaten run to nine games.