5 talking points from Rotherham’s win at Gillingham

Rotherham put themselves within touching distance of the play-offs with an impressive 1-0 win at Gillingham on Tuesday night.

Will Vaulks scored the only goal of the game and that proved enough.

Here’s five talking points from the match.

Job done – as good as

It’s only Paul Warne that doesn’t think the Millers are sure of their place in the top six after this win. Warne is adopting a pessimistic mindset but make no mistake, Rotherham will be in the play-offs. It would take the unlikeliest set of results for them not to make it from here, including losing all three of their final games and even then that might not be enough to keep them out. Portsmouth can no longer catch them and Peterborough will be unable to if they don’t win at Blackburn on Thursday. Get the 12 and 16 May booked in your diaries, the Millers are heading to the play-offs.

Not as easy as it should have been

The final few minutes at the Priestfield were nervier than they ever ought to have been after the Millers squandered several golden chances to get the cigar out in the second half. Ryan Williams wasted two of them, first dragging wide when through on goal and then fluffing a header, while Michael Smith put himself in contention for miss of the season after somehow cushioning Jon Taylor’s cross wide from close range. That nearly came back to bite them as the Gills threw everything forward in the final few minutes but the Millers stood firm.

Will Vaulks remembers his shooting boots

In a week where the Millers midfielder has been the subject of some trashy transfer speculation, Will Vaulks reminded everyone of why he is becoming hot property by regaining his shooting boots. His goal,  which turned out to be the winner, was up to his usual standard as well. After brilliant work by Josh Emmanuel down the right, Vaulks was teed up by Smith and he lashed home a low shot from 20 yards that gave the goalkeeper no chance. It was his first goal of 2018 and the backflip made a welcome return. He also battled hard as the Millers weathered a late storm and it was his defence-splitting pass that set Williams free for his first miss.

Nearly a worldie from Woody

There was almost a goal of the season contender and it came from the unlikeliest of source in the shape of Richard Wood. Although the centre half has scored four goals this season, how many of them has he known anything about? So to see him collect the ball on the halfway line, sidestep an opponent, advance towards goal before hitting a low shot which the goalkeeper tipped wide had everyone rubbing their eyes in disbelief. He also then nearly scored from the resulting corner and put in a solid display all round.

From the notebook

– In the 2013-14 season the Millers booked their play-off berth with a win at Gillingham and although it’s not mathematically confirmed this win did similar. Let’s hope it’s an omen.

– Semi Ajayi has already proved he is more than a one-trick pony this season by playing up front, but now he is challenging Vaulks on the versatility front after coming on as a defensive midfielder to help withstand the late barrage. He did well too.

– When Rotherham score first they tend to win. This was the 24th time they have gone in front and the 19th win.

– After four defeats from six, it’s now one defeat in six and after taking four points from two testing away games, with two clean sheets, the Millers are heading into the playoffs in fine fettle.

– After 26 years of pain at Gillingham, the Millers have now won twice in a row there.

– Credit to the 162 fans who made the journey to Kent for the evening kick-off. Some barely made kick-off after

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