HIGHLIGHTS: Rotherham United 5 Oldham Athletic 1: ‘Elite subs’ bring joy to Millers chief Warne and fans

Rotherham's Anthony Forde celebrates making it 4-1 against Oldham. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

ROTHERHAM UNITED went goal crazy again at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, smashing five against strugglers Oldham Athletic.

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After bagging give against Southend and Walsall, Paul Warne’s side ran away with the game in the second half after the first-half ended 1-1.

The Millers made one change from the side which lst at Bradford City last weekend.

Joe Mattock dropped out, as he serves his suspension for his Valley Parade red card, Ben Purrington coming into the defence.

Winger jon Taylor was first to threaten for the Millers, he ran deep from his own half, finally ending with a fierce shot-cum-cross which fizzed across John Ruddy’s goal.

The Oldham keeper was called into action to tip away Ben Purrington’s long-range effort, but the opening goal came from the resulting corner.

Keiffer Moore’s header hit the crossbar, but defender Michael Ihiekwe was alert to knock in the rebound.

Lee Frecklington saw his shot fly over the crossbar, as the Millers searched for a second, but it was John Sheridan’s Oldham who netted on 21 minutes.

Another corner, but this time low on the ground, and Craig Davies flicked the ball through a pack of legs.

Rotherham's Kieffer Moore heads against the bar before Michael Ihiekwe opens the scoring with the rebound. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

And the visitors should have been in front, but Tope Obadeyi dragged his shot wide.

The half-time whistle came with both sides struggling to get a grip of the game.

But Rotherham will wonder how they failed to take the lead at the start of the second half.

Moore saw his header cleared off the line, was inches from converting a teasing cross, while Taylor saw his ‘goal’ ruled out for offside.

I could sense anxiety in the stand at 1-1. I believed we would run over them. I said not to be so rushed. At times in the first half, our play let us down.

Rotherham boss, Paul Warne.

Substitute Joe Newell also wasted a good chance, firing wide, before Moore finally made it 2-1 with 17 minutes remaining.

Williams and Richie Towell combined, before Williams saw his shot saved by Ruddy, only for Moore to fire home the loose ball.

Five minutes later it was 3-1, Moore heading home from a corner.

Oldham were flagging now, and substitutes Anthony Forde and Jerry Yates grabbed late goals.

The fourth goal was the reward for a sublime piece of skill by Newell, tricking his way through to lay on the chance for Forde, before Yates pounced for No 5.

“I thought, second half, we were really good,” Warne said.

HAPPY: Rotherham manager Paul Warne. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

“I made changes and the subs I have got are pretty elite. Our subs made three assists and scored two goals. It’s nice that if I make a substitution, I can make the team stronger.

“I could sense anxiety in the stand at 1-1. I believed we would run over them. I said not to be so rushed. At times in the first half, our play let us down.

“I am proud of the way the lads stuck at it. I don’t drive home tonight thinking we were amazing. I am pleased to score goals at home and I am pleased people are turning up to watch the team.”

Rotherham United: Rodak, Vaulks, Wood, Frecklington, Taylor, Potter, Towell, Purrington, Ihiekwe, Williams, Moore. Subs: O’Donnell, Ajayi, Forde, Clarke-Harris, Yates, Newell, Cummings.


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