Millers match verdict: Dundee 0 Rotherham United 1

Danny Ward in possession against Dundee
Danny Ward in possession against Dundee
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Super-sub Paul Green helped Rotherham United maintain their faultless record north of the border as his second-half strike saw them claim the scalp of Scottish Premier League outfit Dundee.

Argentine midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma was given his first start since appearing at Parkgate while Aidy White was asked to continue his fine pre-season form in the left-back slot after Joe Mattock was ruled out due to an ankle injury sustained in the weekend victory at Greenock Morton.

Scorer Paul Green

Scorer Paul Green

Following a slow start from both sides, Luka Tankulic had the first effort of note as his long-range effort stung the palms of Kelle Roos before White got the better of his marker at the other end to give Danny Ward a sight of goal but his near post effort was saved by Scott Bain.

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The Millers were looking the most likely and Jordan Bowery headed over from White’s cross before Matt Derbyshire was put in the clear but his drilled effort was saved by the legs of Bain.

Moments later, Kane Hemmings blazed over the bar following a quick home counter before Kevin Thomson felled Richie Smallwood on the edge of the box but Ledesma’s curling free-kick was kept out by Bain.

Just past the half-hour mark, Roos showed quick reflexes to stop Daryll Meggatt from opening the scoring with a close-range header before Dundee had faint appeals for a spot-kick in the last play of the half when Richard Wood appeared to haul over Simon Ferry in the box, Referee Euan Anderson waved away home protests.

Following the interval, Ledesma’s through-ball gave Danny Ward an opportunity to strike but his low effort was gathered by Bain before Tankulic’s bobbling effort had Roos nervously scurrying across goal.

The Millers’ fans had their hearts in their mouths when Roos’ hashed clearance fell straight to the feet of Tankulic but Danny Collins spared his keeper’s blushes with a timely tackle.

Boss Steve Evans looked to spark the Millers into life with a triple substitution either side of the hour and the move paid dividends when Green latched on to Derbyshire’s lay off to fire high into the roof of the net, giving Bain no chance.

The Millers were looking comfortable until James McPake tried his luck from long range and shot over.

Jonson Clarke-Harris, who was celebrating his 21st birthday, launched a visitors’ cavalry charge which paved the way for Lee Frecklington to curl in a delightful centre which saw Green head wide of the target under pressure from a home defender.

The home side missed a gilt-edged chance to level matters late on when Philip Roberts ghosted behind the Millers’ backline as he looked to meet Andy Black’s cross but failed to make contact, with the goal at his mercy.

Dundee: Bain, Holt, McPake, Meggatt, Thomson (Roberts 46), Ferry (Black 79), Hemmings, Ross, McGinn (Irvine 62), Tankulic (Loy 62), Colquhoun (Kerr 66). Subs unused: Mitchell, Konrad.

Rotherham United: Roos, Thorpe, Collins, Wood, White (Warren 72), Ledesma (Green 58), Smallwood (Frecklington 58), G Ward, Bowery, D Ward (Clarke-Harris 61), Derbyshire (Yates 68). Subs unused: Collin, Halford, Richardson.

Referee: Euan Anderson.

Attendance: 2,092.