It was the familiar taste of defeat for Rotherham as they went down 1-0 to Wolves at Molineux on Saturday.
The Millers competed well but were undone by Andreas Weimann’s first-half goal.
Here are five things we learned from the game.
We have known for a while that this season was going to go down in history for all the wrong reasons and now the records have started to fall. The loss at Wolves was the Millers 28th of the season, the most they have ever lost in a 46-game campaign, while also equalling the worst in the club’s history, which was in 1924-25. It was an 11th away defeat on the spin, which took their tally to 18 overall, which again equals a club record. There’s plenty more that could be on the way.
Ward off his game
Rotherham would have got something out of this game had it not been for Danny Ward’s poor finishing. The misfiring striker had two of the best opportunities you could wish for as he was sent through one-on-one, with no defenders around him, but twice he fluffed his lines and failed to hit the back of the net. The second miss was especially poor given the outcome of the first. With the Wolves crowd already restless, the Millers going ahead at that time would have been massive.
He didn’t do a lot else in the game and Ward’s form since the turn of the year has been disappointing, with no league goals and plenty of chances missed. His dip coincides with Izzy Brown leaving and being denied a January move and both are probably contributing factors.
Away day gloom
With those missed chances – and another one by Semi Ajayi at the end – and the standard of their opposition, it is fair to say that the Millers won’t have a better chance than that to end their away drought this season. Wolves were there for the taking and, as mentioned above, if they had fallen behind they could have quite easily crumbled. With trips left to an improved QPR, a battling Wigan, a promotion-chasing Reading and a solid Preston, the away win column looks set to be stuck at 0 for just the second time in the club’s history.
Paying the penalty
When Joe Mattock barged over Helder Costa in the first half, the Millers conceded their 10th penalty of the season, which, of course, is more than any other side in the division, with nine of them coming away from home. But when Lewis Price blocked Costa’s poor effort from 12 yards, it was the fifth time from 10 that a Millers goalkeeper had kept the ball out of the net, with Lee Camp saving three and Price two. Finally something that Rotherham have been good at this season.
See you next year, Wolves?
For much of this season it has been a farewell tour to many of the grounds Rotherham have frequented over the last couple of years as a return to League One looms. Well, on this evidence, the Millers could easily be heading to Molineux again next year as Wolves look a side easily capable of being relegated. They were limp, lacklustre and barley created any clear chances apart from the penalty and, obviously, the goal. Their fans are demanding more and the pressure on them to stay up will be huge. The home crowd booed at the final whistle, despite a first win since January…..the polar opposite of a likely reaction if the Millers ever win again where it would surely be party time!
From the notebook
– Same old story. In the game, miss chances, concede at key moment, miss chances, game over. Repeat. Boring. Yawn.
– We’re not quite sure what it was that convinced Aimen Belaid he should shoot from 45 yards but let’s hope it never happens again.
– Semi Ajayi has been brilliant lately but was slightly off it at Wolves. Let’s hope that was the day he was being watched by other clubs.
– He’s not known for his nasty streak, but Paul Warne nearly got in a dust-up on the touchline with Wolves’ assistant after a nasty challenge by Weimann on Will Vaulks. Only the soft Scottish tones of Paul Lambert stopped Warne socking his assistant.