Rotherham 5 Oldham 1: How the Millers are the most prolific side in Europe

In making Oldham their latest victims at AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham went to the top of the charts in Europe.

The Millers’ rampant final 20 minutes on Saturday saw them score four goals to not only seal a vital three points in style, but also take their goal tally in front of their own fans to an astonishing 18.

 

It was the third time they have put five past a team this season, following similar demolitions of Southend and Walsall, and it means that no other team in the major leagues of European football have scored more home goals than the Millers.

Ukrainian giants and Europa League outfit Dynamo Kiev are one goal behind on 17 but they have played six home games.

In English football, Harrogate Town have scored 15 in the Conference North, while League Two Luton’s eight goals on the opening day has helped them to a tally of 14.

And what makes that stat all the more impressive is that the Millers drew a blank against Charlton at the end of August, meaning they have racked up their total in only four games.

 

Another 5-1 romp, 10 days after their last one, didn’t really look on the cards heading into the final 2o minutes as Paul Warne’s men were frustrated after Michael Ihiekwe’s early header had been cancelled out by Craig Davies.

But when they strike hot, the Millers, with their overwhelming attacking options, have the ability to blow sides away and Oldham felt the full force of it.

Two goals from Kieffer Moore in the space of five minutes assured the Millers of the points and then late efforts from Anthony Forde and Jerry Yates, added gloss to the scoreline and moved them ahead of Kiev in the goalscoring stakes.

Beware of the Millers side that get on a roll at New York.  Southend were undone by three goals in eight minutes, Walsall were blitzed by four goals in 11 minutes and then four in 16 minutes kiboshed Oldham.

It helps when you have a man in your side who is the most prolific in the top four divisions of English football.

Despite not being fully fit, and as a result not being at his best, Moore continued his fairytale start to his Millers career with two more goals.

That takes his tally to eight for the season, making him the top scorer across the four divisions.

Only Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Morata have been operating at a better goal-per-minute ratio that Moore’s this season, whose goal every 86 minutes is the best in the Football League.

From the notebook

– What a pleasure it must have been for Warne to turn around and see options on the bench. So often last season, making substitutions weakened his side but this time around he has genuine attacking options that will make his team better. The Oldham game was a perfect example as Forde and Yates both scored and Joe Newell made two.

– Just asking, but can goalkeeper Marek Rodak catch it? He loves a punch from a cross when a catch seems the safer option. Luckily, so far, his punching has been sound.

– It wasn’t Richie Towell’s best game, but let’s take a moment to appreciate his superb defence-splitting pass, which created the decisive second goal.

– Darren Potter. Calm and intelligent in possession. He makes Rotherham tick and allows Frecklington and Towell to push on. He’s a real key player.

 

 

 

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