Lee Frecklington’s best goals for Rotherham

Lee Frecklington rediscovered his scoring form for Rotherham against Walsall this week, with a brilliant hat-trick in a 5-1 win.

But it was his first goal that was the standout as he sent a dipping 25-yard volley into the roof of the net for a sure goal-of-the-season contender.

It is not the first time the talismanic midfielder has dealt in the spectacular during his time at the Millers.

Here’s a look back at some of his other brilliant goals.

Aldershot (Recreation Ground, October 20 2012)

Frecklington did not take long to make an impact following his move to Rotherham from Peterborough and scored just 34 minutes into his debut. He started as he meant to go on too as a loose ball fell to him on the edge of the area and he controlled it before hitting a sumptuous half-volley into the top corner.
Not  a bad way to introduce yourself!

 

Crewe Alexandra (Gresty Road, August 3 2014)

It didn’t take long for Frecklington to get going with the spectacular goals in League One as he rescued a point for the Millers in an entertaining 3-3 opening-day draw at Crewe. Having already volleyed in from the edge of the area earlier in the game, he went one better with his injury-time strike. Alex Revell knocked down a long throw and from 20 yards Frecklington showed great technique to hit a first-time rising volley into the top corner. He sprinted off into the crowd and the tone was set for a fantastic season.

 

Sheffield Wednesday (AESSEAL New York Stadium, August 6 2014)

Any Rotherham player who scores against Sheffield Wednesday goes straight into folklore, but they will be talking about this goal for years to come. After Ben Pringle had already lit up New York with his opener, it was Frecklington’s turn to wow the crowd. Wednesday failed to deal with a set-piece and after Michael O’Connor passed to his midfield colleague, Frecklington shifted the ball to his right and then unleashed a rocket that flew into the top corner. It was fit to win any match, but it gave the Millers a first home win over the Owls in 37 years.

Preston North End (Deepdale, February 25 2014)

This was a rare strike inside the penalty area for Frecklington but one full of skill and technique. In the opening exchanges of a high-stakes clash, James Tavernier fired in a low pass to the midfielder on the edge of the area which was slightly behind his stride. Frecklington showed superb skill to collect the ball, set it in front of him and then fire a delightful finish into the roof of the net from an acute angle. He later netted an injury-time equaliser.

 

Oldham Athletic (Boundary Park, March 11 2014)

You will never get bored of watching this goal. Arguably his most spectacular effort for the Millers, Pringle slipped him the ball 30 yards out and with space to run into, Frecklington’s first touch controlled and his second arrowed an unstoppable effort into the top corner. It gave the Millers a two-goal lead, nearly broke the net and was good enough to settle any clash.

Preston North End (AESSEAL New York Stadium, May 15 2014)

In terms of the spectacular this doesn’t come close to some of others, but its importance cannot be understated. With the play-off semi-final finely poised in the second leg at 1-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate, Frecklington came up with a fine header that gave the Millers a crucial advantage.
It was typical of him as well, as he arrived late to get on the end of a pinpoint Ben Pringle cross and placed his effort into the bottom corner. The hosts went on to book their place at Wembley and the rest is history

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