Match report: Bradford City 0 Rotherham United 2

Kieran Agard (right) is congratulated by Lee Frecklington after he seals the game for the Millers
Kieran Agard (right) is congratulated by Lee Frecklington after he seals the game for the Millers
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What a big, big performance from the Millers and what a big, big win.

They have now brought the equation down to two wins from their last two matches to guarantee promotion and with the sort of focus and determination they showed last night at a raucous Valley Parade then these players can give themselves a deserved reward.

It lifted Rotherham into third place and a delighted Steve Evans said: “The players were outstanding against a good side and in an atmosphere like that.

“They showed real heart and desire, we deserved it and it made a wonderful night for the fans.”

The decisive goal came in a heart-stopping 80th minute. A handball offence saw Lee Frecklington calmly send the ‘keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot right in front of 2,000 delirious Millers fans.

In the fifth minute of stoppage time, Rotherham broke away and Kieran Agard, with City’s keeper (who had gone up for City’s corner) chasing him from the halfway line, ran on and on before rolling the ball into the empty net.

It was a night when Rotherham magnificently stood up to the physical demands; competed for every ball, mostly in the air, against City’s direct style, and had big performances everywhere particularly their three most experienced players in Craig Morgan, Claude Davis and Kari Arnason.

With the atmosphere ramped up and a partisan home crowd, it was a test of Rotherham’s mettle. They passed it.

From the first corner, Hanson headed in but he had clearly pushed Davis. A hard, dry, bouncy pitch made it difficult to pass it around, chances were few but Rotherham had the first clear opportunity Agard cutting back for Frecklington but he could not get his effort on target.

Neither side budged an inch and players were pressured in all areas with City’s aerial tactics calling for heading ability and bravery under challenge.

The only chance of the half came from the Millers 10 minutes from the break. Agard, playing on the right in a 4-5-1 formation, did well. He found Skarz before Pringle swung in a fine left foot centre to the far post.

Revell rose and his header was somehow bundled past his near post by keeper McLaughlin.

Rotherham lost O’Connor and was replaced by young Rose who has just returned after a spell at Evo Stik League club Stamford.

Bradford had eight corners in the first half and now going towards the noisy home end they fancied a few more.

It called for calm heads and composure in that second half, Rotherham had them and with Revell excellent throughout, they often threatened to do something on the break.

Not the greatest game but what a result in the context of where they want to be.