Rotherham continued their winning ways at the AESSEAL New York Stadium with a 1-0 victory over Northampton.
Kieffer Moore scored the only goal of the game, but it should have been a more comfortable afternoon for the Millers.
Here’s five things we learned.
It should have been another goal glut
Rotherham have been banging the goals in at home and the scoreline does not tell the true reflection of this game. Had the Millers racked up another 5-0 win then nobody could have complained as they had more than enough chances, with only some dismal finishing and fine saves from Northampton goalkeeper Matt Ingram stopping them running riot. Moore and Michael Ihiekwe – both denied by the woodwork – could have had hat-tricks while Ryan Williams, Richie Towell, Will Vaulks and Jonson Clarke-Harris also missed golden chances.
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Rotherham would have lost that game last season
The Millers’ failure to put the game to bed made it a nervy last 10 minutes or so, where Northampton threatened an equaliser. On the balance of play that would have been wholly unfair, but it was a cautionary tale about the cost of missing chances. Mind you, over the last three years in the Championship, that is a lesson the Millers know only too well and last season there is no way they would have come out of a game like that with the three points. Things are different this year, though, and there is something satisfying about that.
Marek Rodak has proved himself
The jury has been out on new goalkeeper Marek Rodak following his August arrival, but the last two games have shown what he’s all about. After some heroics at Blackburn in midweek, which stopped the Millers getting a thumping, he put in another solid display here in testing conditions. He made two vital saves in the second half to keep his side in front and then in the final 10 minutes, when Northampton were throwing balls and bodies into the box, he commanded his area brilliantly and cleared any danger. He exclusively punched the ball, which was unnerving at times, but got an endorsement from boss Paul Warne.
It’s up to you New York
It’s a good job really considering their away record, but the Millers are making the AESSEAL New York Stadium a fortress this season and have taken 15 points from 18 available, with only Shrewsbury and Wigan taking more. They have now won four in a row, something they have not done in the league since the final four games of the 2012-13 season.
— Goodbrand Stats (@StatsChristian) September 30, 2017
Moore, Moore, Moore
Another week, another few thousand added to Kieffer Moore’s asking price. Moore was at his threatening best, giving the Northampton defence a torrid afternoon. He scored the winner, with a poacher’s type, but could have easily been taking the matchball home again as he had several chances to add to his tally. With runners getting around him better, unlike at Blackburn, he created lots more danger and he looks to be the best all-round striker the Millers have had since Alan Lee. He also impressed Northampton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who knows a thing or two about being a striker.
From the notebook
– League One may not be glitz and glamour of the Championship, but it’s a much more enjoyable place to be for Rotherham. Isn’t it nice to be going to a game knowing that it is not going to take a miracle just to earn a point, no matter who you’re playing. Saturdays are much more enjoyable!
– How refreshing for once to see the opposition be on the end of the incompetence of referee Trevor Kettle. This time it was Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who looked ready to deck the Rutland official – a feeling us Millers know only too well.
– Richie Towell is your man of the match so far for his performance. You can add your ratings here.