Millers FT: Rotherham United 2 Bristol City 1

James Tavernier celebrates his second
James Tavernier celebrates his second
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Two impressive strikes from James Tavernier kept Rotherham United’s promotion push ticking over, with victory over Bristol City this afternoon their third in a week.

In the latest form table, the Millers were top with Bristol City second.

Steve Cotterill - whose first home game on December 14 saw the Millers win 2-1 - has done a tremendous job in taking the Robins out of the relegation zone and up into a safe mid-table spot.

However, it was the Millers who got off to a dream start with a tremendous goal inside 70 seconds.

Adams was chopped down on the right and Pringle’s free-kick was headed out by Nosworthy.

However,TAVERNIER collected on the left, knocked it forward and his a thunderous right foot shot from 30 yards which flew past Fielding and the ground erupted.

Rotherham United v Bristol City'James Tavernier score and celebrates Rotherham Uniteds second goal

Rotherham United v Bristol City'James Tavernier score and celebrates Rotherham Uniteds second goal

The right back ran off to the halfway line where sub Haris Vuckic ran to meet him and they did their little celebratory dance with which they had greeted Vuckic’s goal in stoppage time last Tuesday.

Rotherham then produced several superb moves oozing with confidence as the ball flowed freely amongst the red and white shirts. City really had to defend with everything at times as the Millers sought another.

Frecklington had a shot blocked and then Agard was almost put clear by Pringle and the visitors knew they had to come through this testing opening spell without conceding again.

Collin came out to collected a corner and he sent Agard racing downfield. He was caught late by Williams as he cut in and the full back was spoken to.

Little Gillett was orchestrating things from a deep midfield role for the visitors and also making sure he was in the way of Revell, often impeding him, when the target man was going for a long ball.

Adams had a goalbound shot cleared by Osborne. An interesting and unusual point was that so far not one person, not boss Steve Cotterill or his assistant, had appeared on the touchline in front of the City dug out.

Rotherham then carved an opening, as Morgan’s header sent Adams racing away. Agard took things up, moved inside and spotted Smallwood stealing up on the far side of the area. He rolled the ball into his path but in trying to pick his spot, Smallwood sidefooted wide of the far post.

First glimpse of big Emmanuel-Thomas’s feared left foot saw him 22 yards out but he struck a powerful shot well wide.

Agard curled a shot very close after Smallwood had won the ball yet again and then found him with a diagonal pass.

The visitors were level three minutes into the second half and this too was a fine strike. ELLIOTT picked up possession fairly deep and wide, and arrowed a fine 22 yarder inside the far post.

Rotherham hit back with Tavernier bursting through two challengers into the area. The ball then deflected away off Gillett and came to Frecklington just outside the area and his shot flew just wide.

City, vastly improved from the side Rotherham played in December, had taken extra confidence from the goal but Rotherham began to get at them. The Millers then restored their lead on the hour and it was a real gift free-kick which was handed to them to help provide the opportunity.

Keeper Fielding, in clearing from his hands, must have carried the ball outside his area and a linesman spotted. And TAVERNIER, slightly to the left, calmly struck the free-kick high beyond Fielding’s left hand as easy as you like.

But Rotherham had a scare. Emmanuel-Thomas suddenly put on the after-burners and burst into the area. His low cross was deflected and Morgan slashed his clearance over his own bar.

Then Arnason deflected Baldock’s low centre into the side netting and it was clear the Millers would have some defending to do.

Rotherham were then so close to a third. Pringle’s corner saw Agard head inton the six yard header and Arnason’s effort was blocked right on the line and then diverted away off keeper Fielding.

The visitors would have quite long spells of possession but Rotherham were defending solidly. Then a tremendous header by Nosworthy right in front of goal prevented Revell nodding a third from Tavernier’s cross.

This third win completed a tremendous week for the Millers who had given absolutely everything in all three games, in the process stretching their unbeaten run to 15 games and ending City’s six match unbeaten run..