Rotherham United 1-3 Leicester City FT

Rotherham's Alex Revell keeps his eye on the ball under pressure from Leicester's Liam Moore.''Pic by: Richard Parkes
Rotherham's Alex Revell keeps his eye on the ball under pressure from Leicester's Liam Moore.''Pic by: Richard Parkes
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Rotherham United saved the biggest until last as they wrapped up their pre-season programme tonight.

After a busy summer schedule involving matches against non-league sides and clubs from League One and the Championship, they faced Premier League new boys Leicester City at New York Stadium.

Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa.

Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa.

It was their final match before the action begins for real on Saturday with their Championship opener at promotion favourites Derby County.

Their previous games against league opposition, against Nottingham Forest at home and Doncaster Rovers away, had brought 1-0 and 2-1 wins respectively.

Teenager John Swift, signed on a season-long loan last week from Chelsea, was in the Millers starting line-up, while the Foxes included £7 million signing from Brighton Leonardo Ulloa up front.

The Millers were lively at the start, pressing back the visitors. Ben Pringle and Alex Revell were both causing the Premier side problems.

Cryille Regis (left) and Peter Schmeichel attend the match at the New York Stadium to kick start the fundraising campaign for the Arthur Wharton Statue which is to be sited at the New York Stadium to mark the achievements of this remarkable man who pioneered the way and created a heritage for black footballers in this country. -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Cryille Regis (left) and Peter Schmeichel attend the match at the New York Stadium to kick start the fundraising campaign for the Arthur Wharton Statue which is to be sited at the New York Stadium to mark the achievements of this remarkable man who pioneered the way and created a heritage for black footballers in this country. -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Kari Arnason looked imposing at the back, too, for Steve Evans’ side.

Yet Millers conceded as Ulloa prodded home a rebound past Scott Loach, on the half hour mark.

Rortherham continued to have their share of the game - yet feel behind again, this time to an Ulloa header from Ritchie De Laet’s cross.

City goalie Kasper Schmeichel had to come out of goal and head away to deny Matt Derbyshire before the break.

Substitute Kieran Agard opened the second half with a curling free kick, but he couldn’t get on the scoresheet.

Then UIloa came just a shade away from staking a hat-trick with a header at the other end.

Jamie Bowery than smashed a long effort just wide.

And Rotherham’s persistence was rewarded when Ryan Hall’s bounced into the path of Kieran Agard, who shot into the bottom corner from 12 yards, on the hour.

But City re-established control.

Former Manchester United and Barnsley midfielder Danny Drinkwater was at the back stick to half-volley in for 3-1.

United wouldn’t throw the towel in and continued to look for a way back.

But the game ended with the honours going to Leicester.

Rotherham United: Loach, Broadfoot, Arnason, Wood, Sadler, Swift, Frecklington, Tidser, Pringle, Revell, Derbyshire.

Subs: Collin, Brindley, Skarz, Hall, Bowery, Green, Newton, Morgan, Agard.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, James, Moore, Hopper, Taylor-Fletcher, Ulloa, Knockaert, Wasilewski.

Subs: N’Goma, Watson, Smith, Dodoo, Stankivicius.

* The game was attended by Cyrille Regis and Peter Schmeichel to kick start the fundraising campaign for the Arthur Wharton Statue which is to be sited at the New York Stadium to mark the achievements of this remarkable man who pioneered the way and created a heritage for black footballers in this country.