Rotherham 2 Huddersfield 3: Five things we learned

Rotherham suffered broken hearts on Valentine’s Day as Huddersfield stole the points in a stoppage time 3-2.

Here’s four things we learned from the game.

Football sucks

Even in a season where Rotherham have lost more times than any other side in the country and everyone is pretty desensitised to defeat, this one still hurt. It had been such a battling performance from the Millers against a side with belief and momentum that they at least deserved a point for their endeavour. Hearts really did sink when that Tommy Smith goal went in.

Taking heart on Valentine’s Day

Their hearts may have been ripped apart by the late goal, but Rotherham should take something in the way they matched a team destined for at least the play-offs. Ultimately, even a win would not have changed the course of this season, but everyone wants to see the Millers go down fighting. This was proof that they can go toe-to-toe with the best teams in this division on their day and get some results to banish the prospect of a whole heap of unwanted records.

Late vulnerability

The fact Huddersfield scored two late goals to turn things around shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, as the Millers defence is the most vulnerable at that time. In fact, Smith’s strike was the 14th time they have conceded in the 81st minute or after in a game, equating to nine points dropped over the course of the season – three of them in the last two home matches. Game management has been a problem since the very first day of the season.

Goal of the season?

Tom Adeyemi continued to boost his rising stock with Rotherham’s probable goal of the season. It is usually the opposition thumping in wonder goals against the Millers, but this time it was the other way around as the midfielder thundered in a 30-yard effort into the bottom corner. It was the goal of the game and did not deserve to count for noting. There haven’t been many better than that this season.

Who’s going to play at Cardiff?

This defeat did not only bear mental scars, it also brought physical ones as Rotherham lost Danny Ward and Jon Taylor to injuries in the second half. Both could be doubtful for the trip to south Wales on Saturday while Adeyemi and Semi Ajayi are ineligible against their parent clubs. Carlton Morris is still getting treatment at Norwich so there is a lot of hope being pinned on the likes of Darnell Fisher, Aimen Belaid and Lee Frecklington getting back to fitness. If you’re planning on travelling to watch the Millers, take your boots.

From the notebook

– Defeated Rotherham may have been but a least Nahki Wells didn’t score. Buzzing.

– Izzy Brown has supposedly improved since he went to Huddersfield, but we saw a familiar performance on Tuesday. A lot of eye-catching stuff but not too much substance. Also lucky to get away with a yellow for a cynical challenge on Richie Smallwood, moments after he thought he was elbowed.

– Richard Wood’s effort and desire cannot be questioned. His heading in the opposition box, however….The centre-half could have had a hat-trick against the Terriers last night but wasted all of his chances.

– Huddersfield hoodoo – The Millers have not beaten Huddersfield on any of their three home soils since 1992, though this is the first time the Terriers have won at New York Stadium.

– There were two Danny Wards on the pitch last night, but neither of them were very good!

 

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