How late goals have haunted Rotherham this season

There have been many alarming statistics that have undermined a truly miserable season for Rotherham.

But, along with the obvious ones such as defeats and goals against, one of their most damaging traits has been their tendency to concede goals in the final 10 minutes of games.

The Millers’ impressive ability to let two in during added time at Brentford on Saturday, which saw them slip to another away loss, took their tally to goals conceded after the 81st minute to 17.

Needless to say that is the worst in the division, by some margin, with only fellow strugglers Bristol City getting within four on 13, and is their most vulnerable time in a match.

 

And those 17 goals have been costly. They equate to the Millers dropping a whopping 10 points from winning or drawing positions. Now, every team is going to drop points from letting in late goals over the course of the season, but the regularity that it has been for the Millers is a damning indication of a side heading the wrong way.

Potential wins against Bristol City, Ipswich and Blackburn were all scuppered by goals going in in the final throes, while they were also denied draws with Reading, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday and the Bees.

The rest of the late goals have come when the Millers have already been trailing in games, with blood-thirsty opponents improving their leads.

 

On the flipside only Derby have scored less goals in the same period of time than the Millers, again indicative of a struggling side and the polar opposite of the successful Rotherham teams of recent times.

They have bagged four goals in minutes 81-90+, earning just one point as they battled back for a draw against Nottingham Forest in September.

Perhaps something of a trend, the second most vulnerable time for the Millers to concede – and this has been a permanent problem in the Championship – has been in the five minutes before the break.

The 12 goals they have let in during minutes 41-45+ is matched only by Reading and has damagingly changed the momentum of games so often.

It’s a combination of stats that, added to other deficiencies, will unfortunately lead to relegation in the next few weeks.

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