Millers FT: Rotherham United 6, Notts County 0

James Tavernier is lifted in celebration after scoring for the Millers
James Tavernier is lifted in celebration after scoring for the Millers
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It was six of the best for Rotherham United at the New York Stadium this afternoon as they hammered Notts County 6-0.

Indeed, they had a reasonable opening after five minutes and it fell to Campbell-Ryce.

Tavernier erred and McGregor found the former Millers winger moving into space on the left. It was at an angle but he should have got his shot on target and dragged it across the goal face.

Then Appiah was in space on the right and Skarz had to head behind for a corner, eventually cleared by Revell.

When Rotherham finally got going, they made the most of it by going in front in the 10th minute.

Pringle found Agard’s burst through the middle, and he was brought down just outside the area towards the left. TAVERNIER stepped up with just a short run and curled his shot inside the near post, with the keeper getting a hand on it but unable to keep it out.

Rotherham United v Notts County - SkyBet League 1 - 1st March 2014 - James Tavernier fires the Millers ahead with a free-kick from outside the area

Rotherham United v Notts County - SkyBet League 1 - 1st March 2014 - James Tavernier fires the Millers ahead with a free-kick from outside the area

It was just the tonic Rotherham needed and a real blow for the relegation-threatened visitors.

Worse followed for them five minutes later when Rotherham went two up.

It followed a short free-kick which Pringle laid back to Tavernier. His low ball in from the right came to VUCKIC who took control, shot on the turn and it got a deflection to wrongfoot Bialkowski.

The confidence began to ooze from the Millers, although Collin had to hold a centre from Campbell-Ryce.

Frecklington flashed a shot wide as Rotherham began to turn on the style.

The threatened third goal followed on 26 minutes and then came a fourth making it 4-0 in the first 28 minutes.

Agard challenged for a high ball, it dropped towards REVELL who took control, lined up his shot and drilled it home in fine style from 25 yards.

Should there have been any doubt whatsoever it was ended shortly afterwards with a penalty from AGARD which he struck high past Bialkowski.

The Millers’ top scorer - this was his 17th - had won the penalty after a mix--up between ex-Doncaster Rovers left back Roberts and Bialkowski, who brought down Agard.

Rotherham were, as one would expect, in complete control and they began to pass it around and give County a real chasing.

Sometimes they over-indulged and let Notts off the hook but it had been a devastasting spell of what was, effectively, four goals in 18 minutes.

They were on course for their biggest win at the New York Stadium and Revell was close to No 5 in stoppage time when he beat the offside trap and lobbed the keeper but it landed on the roof of the net.

They went off to a thunderous ovation.

Tere were lots of happy Millers fans at half-time and many were puzzled too trying to recall the last time a Rotherham side were four up at half-time. It’s certainly a long time.

The opening minute of the half might have seen Revell add another. He ran clear onto a bouncing ball and he managed to lift it over the keeper but was just unable to keep it in play.

It’s not unusual for a team to have a big lead at half-time and not quite maintain their previous high intensity because the game is won.

Rotherham were so comfortable, but Notts should have netted next when Campbell-Ryce put in a dangerous low ball from the right, it got a deflection and bounced up awkwardly and Grealish headed over. But Rotherham’s fifth wasn’t long in coming and it is the first time Rotherham have scored that many at the New York Stadium - and the first time in a home game since beating Port Vale 5-0 on January 1, 2011.

It came on the hour with a long ball down the right. VUCKIC picked it up, had Pringle unmarked in the middle, but went it alone by cutting inside for a left foot shot which high the net in front of a jubilant North End.

A few minutes later Frecklington went off to a fantastic ovation and O’Connor went on. It was obviously to give him a break with an eye on Tuesday’s trip to Colchester.

On 82 minutes Rotherham made it six. Skarz won the ball, Adams took it on and his low cross was turned in at the near post by HITCHCOCK. The last six at home was a 6-4 win over Cheltenham in August 2010.

It had been a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment for the Millers fans who were revelling in it all and only a fine save denied O’Connor from a free kick. The players got a huge standing ovation as they left the pitch and every decibel was well earned.