Rotherham United: Did Millers ace better Bale?

Alex Revell
Alex Revell
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There was not a hint of braggadocio as Alex Revell pointed to the text message he’d received. It had come from a very close friend of Gareth Bale.

“Move over Gareth Bale,” it said, suggesting that the new Real Madrid star’s astonishing matchwinner against Barcelona recently had been eclipsed by the Rotherham United striker’s unforgettable 35 yard volley on Sunday.

Revell, destined to be remembered forever by Millers fans - and many others - for his Wembley stunner, had a chuckle over it.

“I don’t want this to sound funny but it was just an instinctive thing to hit it,” he said.

“I know people will laugh but I don’t remember it, it was just a dream. I didn’t even see it hit the back of the net... I just saw the ‘keeper struggling.

“The crowd just went quiet for that split second - and things like that you take in within the moment. I just remember running, my brother was in the corner, and I just headed over there.”

He says he’ll never forget it, which is hardly surprising, and nor will anybody else. But the 30-year-old reckoned his first goal was the most important.

“It was the sort of goal I hadn’t been getting enough of and we needed a goal early in the second half and it was very important we got in the game,” he said.

“We’d set if we got a goal it will set them back. It did.”

It took his tally for the season to 13, a total that seemed beyond him when he’d scored just twice in 14 games and totally lost confidence in front of goal at MK Dons in October.

“That’s when the gaffer was amazing with me because he said that game was the best I’d played but just couldn’t score; I was rubbishing myself but he’d said I was playing well.

“He virtually said he wasn’t bothered if I wasn’t scoring as what I was bringing to the team was invaluable. It was a huge boost.”

Revell played over 50 games this season, his most ever, and now wants a chance in The Championship

“I’ve never played there but believe I can,” he said. “I look forward to it.”

“It’ll take time for us to get ready for it so it’ll be an important summer.”