Rotherham 2 Doncaster 1: 5 talking points from the game

Rotherham’s impressive run continued as they beat Doncaster in remarkable circumstances at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

They went into 12 minutes of injury time trailing 1-0 but ended up winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Michael Smith and Joe Newell.

Here are five talking points from the game.

There’s no better way to win

The cliche tells us a win is a win, but there’s no denying some wins are better than others and this is one of them. Is there a more satisfying feeling in football than winning a game you looked like losing just minutes before? Against your local rivals too? The drama in those final 12 minutes produced a brilliant moment of ecstasy and euphoria and those are the feelings that make us watch this beautiful game. Sure, we all love a 3-0 done-by-60 minutes victory, but these type of wins are extra special.

One of New York’s finest?

Excluding last season the Millers fans have been treated to some amazing moments in their new home, ranging from winning promotion to staying up, with a few special wins in between. But this game has to take its place among the most memorable for the way it ended. Those final 12 minutes were just pure drama, culminating in winning the game with the final kick. The scenes when Joe Newell’s penalty went in to win it will be remembered for some time.

Fergie Time: The sequel

Rotherham have scored three goals and taken four points off Doncaster this season, but have not found the net in normal time. After Kieffer Moore’s last-gasp leveller at the Keepmoat in November, the Millers went one better this time, overturning their deficit courtesy of 12 minutes added time. The Keepmoat goal was a result of time-wasting and gamesmanship and while the added period was so lengthy this time due to two serious injuries, Newell’s final act also came as a result of some ‘game management’ by Rovers.

Newell’s got courage

“He’s got bigger cajones than me” was Paul Warne’s assessment of Joe Newell stepping up to take the penalty that was either going to make him a hero or a villain. With so much on the line it would have been easy for a designated taker to step away from the responsibility but Newell stood up to the occasion and result was never really in doubt. His calm exterior helps of course and perhaps he was the perfect person to take it, similar to the way Greg Halford converted in almost identical fashion against Leeds under Neil Warnock. Newell has been an enigma for much of his three years at the Millers, but over the last few weeks he has really come good.


From the notebook

– Those final 12 minutes, the scenes of mayhem and euphoria, only add to the feeling that something special might be happening this season. Who knows how this campaign will end, but whatever happens, it’s going to be eventful finding out.

– That’s seven wins in a row for the Millers, something they have not done since 2007 under Mark Robins.

– It’s now 14 games unbeaten, closing in on the 16 games posted by Steve Evans’ side last time they were in this division.

– Rotherham’s success has been underpinned by their relentless ability to score goals. That’s 27 games in a row now, meaning if they score against Gillingham next week they will equal the club record for consecutive games scored in a single season, last done in 1963-64 by Danny Williams’ side.

– Don’t book a holiday for early May. The win moved Rotherham 11 points clear of seventh-placed Charlton, though the Addicks have a game in hand. It would take some collapse for the Millers not to be involved in the play-offs from here.

– Let’s address the defending for Doncaster’s goal. Hideous, awful, suicidal from Semi Ajayi. But the Millers won and Ajayi has been brilliant in recent weeks so we can forgive him. Just don’t do it again!

– How much of a strut will Paul Warne’s two children work into their Doncaster school with on Monday?

– P5 W5 F10 A3, beat the league leaders away from home. Paul Warne will be the February manager of the month.



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