Doncaster 1 Rotherham 1: 5 things we learned

Rotherham scored a last-gasp goal to take a point in a 1-1 draw at Doncaster.

The Millers looked set to head back up the M18 empty-handed after Richard Wood’s own goal put Donny ahead, but Kieffer Moore scored in the sixth minute of injury time to claim a draw.

 

Here’s five talking points from the game.

Can’t beat a last-minute goal

Football has the rare ability to give you moments of unreserved ecstasy and it’s usually through a last-minute goal. No matter how poorly you might have played over the previous 89 minutes, if your team sticks one in right at the death to steal a point then it’s a great feeling. And that’s how it was at the Keepmoat Stadium. The Millers had endured a frustrating second half after dominating before the break and defeat seemed a certainty. However, Paul Warne’s men kept knocking on the door and finally got an answer, sending those of the 3,829 fans in the away end, that were about to be very grumpy, into delirium.

Fergie Time

The fact that Rotherham’s equaliser came six and a half minutes into five added on was solely down to Doncaster’s time-wasting tactics. Rovers’ players spent most of the last 10 minutes on the floor, sometimes legitimately, mostly not, they were taking an age over set-pieces, James Coppinger did a virtual lap of honour while being substituted and their pesky ball boys were intent on doing the opposite of what they were there to do. But it all came back to bite them as referee Graham Scott rightly added extra time on, allowing the Millers to score with the last meaningful attack.

Moore, Moore, Moore from Kieffer

It was probably inevitable who, if anyone, was going to be Rotherham’s hero, though the fact that Kieffer Moore scored a headline goal live on Sky probably did little to help the Millers’ seemingly shrinking chances of keeping him in January. Moore was not at his best at the Keepmoat, it was difficult to be when he was up on his own against three central defenders for most of the game, but he has an unerring knack of always making an impact. Again he was in the right place at the right time to convert the rebound from David Ball’s shot, solidifying his title as England’s top goalscorer, now with 13 goals. He will undoubtedly go down as Rotherham’s best ever loanee if and when he heads back to Portman Road.

One to forget for Woody

Moore’s late goal stole the headlines from Richard Wood, but the Millers defender won’t care about that one. The reports were all written leading off on Wood’s day to forget as his own goal looked like giving Donny the points, coming after he somehow managed to miss from two yards out in the first half. That miss will go on any bloopers DVD as the defender headed against the underside of the bar and into the arms of Iain Lawlor. The ball probably went over the line, though replays are not conclusive, but something that is not in doubt is that he should have buried it. His own goal came as a result of being caught out of position earlier up the pitch and to make a bad day worse he was substituted late on as Warne chased a leveller. Not a day he will remember fondly.

Richard O’Donnell turns it around

Helped by Marek Rodak’s international absence and a broken finger for Lewis Price on Thursday, Richard O’Donnell was given the chance to redeem himself from last weekend’s indiscretions at Crewe and prove he can be the number one Paul Warne wants him to be. And he did a great job at the Keepmoat as he put in an assured display that will give everyone confidence. The commanding of his area was exceptional, he came and claimed crosses with confidence and his kicking remains the best of all three keepers at the club. He was blameless for the goal and now surely will get a run of games to establish himself once again. Oh, and he has got a decent knee slide too!

From the notebook

– A word of appreciation for something that has probably been lost in the hysteria of Moore’s late heroics; what a brilliant pass by Richie Towell to sent David Ball through on goal in the build-up.

– Darren Ferguson reckoned his side deserved to win. They had one shot on target, a trickling effort from distance, and needed a Millers player to put the ball in the back of the net again.

– Fair play to Will Vaulks, he has apologised on Twitter for a little skirmish with the ballboy at the end after he was being impeded in his attempts to get the ball back.

– Is there a glimmer of hope for Jonson Clarke-Harris? The striker came off the bench and did alright at the Keepmoat, hitting the post and generally making a nuisance of himself.

– Credit to skipper Lee Frecklington. He couldn’t be on the pitch, so he chose the next best thing, sitting with the hordes in the away end. And he was with a familiar face too – Michael O’Connor.

– In getting that late point, the Millers made sure that they did not lose a game after conceding the first goal for the first time this season in the league.

– Random stat of the day: The Millers are undefeated in all seven games on Sky at League One level.

 

 

 

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