Pain in rain as young Millers are hit by second-half deluge

Millers youngster Alex Wiles
Millers youngster Alex Wiles
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A young Rotherham United side ended the club’s tour of Scotland with a heavy 5-1 defeat against Queen of the South.

After a bright first half, the youngsters conceded four times after the interval as the Scottish Championship side took control in fine style.

Manager Steve Evans made the call earlier in the day to designate the fixture for his development squad, giving his first-team players an extra day of rest ahead of the friendly with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.

The youthful Millers side did include a smattering of players with first-team experience with the likes of Mitch Rose, Nicky Walker and Daniel Rowe all selected for the fixture at a rain-soaked Palmerston Park.

A positive start by the Millers stunned the hosts whose regular season begins as early as next week. First, good work by Jerry Yates resulted in a pass to Mitch Rose whose shot was blocked by the Queens defence.

Moments later Alex Wiles crashed in a shot which looked destined for the top corner, but Zander Clark clawed the ball behind at full stretch. From the resulting corner the Millers had the lead when Queens failed to clear, with defender Rowe on hand slot the ball beyond Clark from six yards out.

As the first half drew to a close, the Millers looked comfortable, with the home side restricted to a couple of long-range efforts which never looked like troubling keeper Tony Thompson. But, with only a couple of minutes remaining until the break, the youngsters were undone when a left-wing cross into the near post was nodded home by John Baird from six yards out.

Queen of the South began the second half strongly and missed a gilt-edged chance to go in front on 52 minutes. With only Thompson to beat, Iain Russell teed up Baird who had the simple task of converting, but he hammered his shot against the back of Rowe who did brilliantly to chase back and save his team.

The Millers’ resistance was breached just past the hour mark when Baird atoned for his earlier miss. Kevin Holt headed for the byline before cutting the ball back for Baird who fired beyond Thompson from six yards.

On 68 minutes the home team added a third when Connor Graham touched the ball beyond Thompson to give Derek Lyle an easy tap-in. Lyle then added a fourth on 77 minutes when he headed in a

Lewis Kidd corner, before Lyle turned provider for Kidd to side-foot in from close range to ensure it was a five-star performance.

Queen of the South: Clark; Dowie, Durnan (D Smith), Higgins, Holt (Kidd 61), Carmichael (Hooper 61), McShane (Reilly 61), Dzierzawski, Russell (Slattery 61), Baird (Graham 61), Paton (Lyle 61). Subs not used: Atkinson, A Smith.

Rotherham: Thompson; Peace-McDonald (Fenton HT), Lucas, Rowe, Warren, Walker, M Rose, Wiles, Bailey-King (Mustiwe 73), Yates, Johnson. Subs not used: Denton, T Rose.

Attendance: 689.