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“Could Have Been Worse”: Reaction To Decent Performance At Rotherham


That could have been worse…

Listening to Ian Evatt in the run-up to this you’d have thought we were going to see a crippled team that wouldn’t get close to a team looking to go top of the division, and probably a bit of a thrashing with it. Likewise when the team news came out too, with MJ Williams and Kieran Lee missing.

In the end we got a fairly respectable performance, one which still ended in defeat, but one where there’s no need to go mad over. And if the players were struggling with the aftermath of the virus outbreak, it at least gives hope that we’ll improve in the coming games.

We were struggling to close down in the early stages though, and Rotherham had much more of the ball than we would have hoped. But we managed to see out most of the crosses from the Millers and had opportunities ourselves, until Michael Smith, their top scorer, did get on one of them and put the opposition ahead.

Our responsible couldn’t have been better however. Eoin Doyle might be leaving the club very soon, but was still given the nod to start yesterday, and answered a few questions with a great finish for the equaliser.

We were probably the better side in the first half, but things changed after the break. Rotherham turned the screw, and it took an incredible double save from Joel Dixon to keep us level. Smith again would strike though, set up for another header by Chiedozie Ogbene, Defeat then, but at least an away goal and an improved display to those on the road of late – on the whose defensively solid against a lot of pressure, while Dapo Afolayan had his moments, he just couldn’t get a goal out of it.

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