Matt Crooks hits post as Rotherham United beaten at home

Rotherham United fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home against injury-ravaged Rochdale.

Saturday, 7th December 2019, 5:42 pm
Updated Saturday, 7th December 2019, 5:46 pm
Rotherham"s Matt Crooks is foiled by Robert Sanchez. PHOTO: Dean Atkins

The visitors were without at least nine of their usual starters at the New York Stadium but still came away with victory.​

​Rotherham struck the woodwork inside of seven minutes with Matt Crooks heading against the near post and both Chiedozie Ogbene and Ben Wiles unable to turn in the rebound.​

The Millers had had the better of the chances and the possession but they were stung by the opening goal at the other end on 42 minutes.​

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Rochdale built patiently through teenager Luke Matheson before he picked out fellow youngster Aaron Morley who fired an unstoppable shot into the top corner from the edge of the box. ​

​Michael Smith was brought on at half-time as Rotherham went to a more attacking approach.​

It was Crooks, again, who looked the most likely but his effort bounced just wide of the post.​

Rotherham then threatened down the right through Matt Olosunde and the full-back's cross picked out Clark Robertson, only for Robert Sanchez to keep hold of the defender's effort.​

The visitors could have doubled their tally but Matt Done's shot whistled just wide and then Callum Camps tested Daniel Iversen from a long-range free-kick.​

Rotherham: Iversen, Olosunde (Vassell, 73), Robertson, Ihiekwe, Mattock, Morris (Hastie, 60), Wiles, Lindsay (Smith, half time), Ogbene, Crooks, Ladapo. ​

Unused: Price, Thompson, Barlaser, Clarke.​

Rochdale: Sanchez, Matheson, O'Connell, Norrington-Davies, Keohane, Camps, Ryan (Gillam, 66), Morley, Pyke (Baah, 76), Henderson (Tavares (90+2), Done.​

Unused: Lynch, Bradley, Hopper, Brierley.​

Referee: Christopher Sarginson. ​

Attendance: 8,313 (262 from Rochdale).