Millers FT: Peterborough 0, Rotherham United 1

Kieran Agard celebrates after putting Rotherham ahead
Kieran Agard celebrates after putting Rotherham ahead
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Rotherham United signalled their play-off intentions with a 1-0 win away at Peterborough, thanks to Kieran Agard’s penalty.

But all he would be interested in would be some return from this visit, preferably three points to cement their play-off chances which look pretty secure anyway.

Posh, of course, were looking to make that sixth spot their own and there was a clear edge to proceedings from early on.

Both sides were bang on the money all over the pitch and the early period suggested this would be an all-action affair with both sides going for the win.

There was an early problem for Revell when the giant Nugent clattered into him in an aerial challenge and the striker took a heavy blow to the head.

He stayed down but the ref played an advantage. Agard found Pringle and his centre saw Nugent divert the centre via his thigh and arm back to his keeper with the Millers fans appealing for a penalty.

Peterborough United v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 22nd March 2014 - Ben Pringle battles for possession as the Millers look for an opener

Peterborough United v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 22nd March 2014 - Ben Pringle battles for possession as the Millers look for an opener

Washington went between Tavernier and Morgan and Rotherham were rescued by Smallwood’s intervention six yards out.

Then Washington’s pace caused problems again and Rotherham managed to scramble the ball away.

Nugent went in late again in the air on Revell. Played carried on, Frecklington was fouled and the referee then gave Nugent a talking to.

The home side were fortunate when Morgan’s header bounced into the six yard area with no Miller around to finish off. Then Tavernier moved forward and struck a 22 yarder narrowly wide.

Collin made a fine save from Washington who looked sure to score from 12 yards before a Little cross flashed across the goal face.

Back roared the Millers for an Adams centre to find Agard. His shot on the turn got a deflection over the top.

When Nugent chopped down Agard the referee had seen enough from the big defender and booked him.

Morgan had been outstanding so far back at his old club.

Rotherham had enjoyed a good spell and Adams, on the left, slipped past his marker in the corner of the area. He tried to curl one for the far corner but put it high over.

Revell was then booked. He jumped with Nugent and the ref indicated he had been pulling the defender’s shirt.

Revell’s next action was so close to a goal. Frecklington found Tavernier and from his centre Revell flashed a header a whisker over.

Then, in the final moment of the half Rotherham went in front - and deservedly so.

So often denied a penalty recently they got one this time when Agard was toppled from behind by Nugent.

AGARD confidently struck home the spot kick, his 18th goal of the season to cap a superb half and a pretty impressive Rotherham performance against a major rival.

The home side made two changes at half-time as Nugent, who had been treading on thin ice, and McQuoid, went off to be replaced by McCann and Swanson.

Rotherham were now playing against the wind and when Arnason played the ball first time and high it held up as it dropped beyond the back four. Agard was onto it but the bounce wasn’t kind and he was shut out as he moved into the area.

Then Skarz rescued Rotherham with a vital header at the far post after Assombalonga had taken on Morgan and centred. When Frecklington robbed McCann by the byline inside the area there was real danger but his low centre was cleared by Little at the far post.

Posh had gone to three at the back but the Millers, looking accomplished, threatened to punish them on a couple of occasions.

Frecklington won possession and found Pringle. His early ball found Adams all alone on the edge of the area. he took his time but his shot deflected wide off the leg of keeper Olejnik.

Would it prove a crucial miss?

It could have been moments later, but Collin saved the Millers. A long ball saw Washington get in front of Tavernier.

He looked sure to score but Collin had come out sharply and he jumped up to make himself ‘big’ and deflect the shot wide.

Posh were piling numbers forward but Rotherham were working furiously and someone always popped up to help out a colleague.

Morgan had been magnificent and he won three headers on the trot.

It had been a tremendous game and a great performance from the Millers who thus secured their 12th away win in the league - the joint second best return in the club’s history.