Oldham 1 Rotherham 1: 5 talking points from the game

Rotherham returned to action and kept their unbeaten run going with a 1-1 draw at Oldham.

Ryan Williams put the Millers ahead early on but Craig Davies equalised before half-time.


Here’s five things we learned from the game.

Not one for the purists

This game will live so short in the memory that the 1,172 Millers fans that made the journey to Boundary Park will already have forgotten it. It looked like being a good afternoon for Paul Warne’s men when Williams drilled home in just the seventh minute but that was as good as it got for them as Oldham were the better side from the moment Davies struck an equaliser. On a boggy pitch, in freezing conditions, neither team managed a shot on goal in an instantly forgettable second half.

If you can’t win, don’t lose

This was easily Rotherham’s poorest overall display of their good run, but they made sure they didn’t lose. The last time they were so bad away from home was at Bristol Rovers and in very similar circumstances they went down to a last-minute goal. Although Oldham were the better team, especially in the second half, they did not test Marek Rodak and never really looked like winning it. The Millers have found a way to be more resolute and now know how to pick up points on the road. After drawing just two games on the road in the best part of 17 months not that long ago, results like this – in games like this – should be seen as a positive.

Seventh heaven

The result extends Rotherham’s unbeaten run to seven games, comfortably their best sequence since the Neil Warnock cameo almost two years ago. As recently as six weeks ago, the Millers lost games similar to this one so a point should never be scoffed at if it keeps the momentum going.

Is Jerry’s time up?

This will probably be the last we see of Jerry Yates in the starting XI. Yates’ introduction at Blackpool kick-started this impressive run but at Oldham he had a tough afternoon against two unforgiving centre-halves. He wasn’t helped by his team-mates lumping the ball long to him, mind you, but his lack of physical presence was not compensated in other areas – such as lightning pace or brilliant skill. With new signing Michael Smith coming on as a sub and Paul Warne wanting another striker, Yates’ time in the team could be over.

From the notebook

– New boy Michael Smith came off the bench and the referee took an instant dislike to him, penalising him for three fouls when no offence appeared obvious.

– This was Richie Towell’s worst performance since joining. His touch was off, his passing poor and he seemed to lack energy, all of which made sense after Paul Warne revealed he had been ill all week.

– If the curse of the manager of the month is still a thing, then Warne avoided it. They certainly never looked like winning at Boundary Park, but other than a few hairy moments, a defeat was not on the cards either.

– By not losing at Oldham, it sets the Millers up for two vital home games against Portsmouth and Bradford, when their true play-off credentials will be tested.

– If this was Richard Wood’s last appearance in a Miller shirt – he has been linked with Chesterfield – then he went out on a high. He made a brilliant goalline clearance early on and won’t come up against many tougher opponents than Craig Davies, who he generally marshalled well.

– It was good to see Ben Pringle back in action. The former Millers promotion hero made his debut for Oldham and it was immediately clear he has not lost any of his quality on the ball.

– When Ryan Williams lashed in his well-taken goal it meant that Rotherham had scored for a 20th successive game in all competitions – easily the best run in the country.



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