MATCHDAY CENTRE: Looking back on the opening day

AFTER all the stresses and strains of summer, a result to calm the nerves.

Rotherham United could and should have had three Championship points in the locker this morning and the way Wolves were able to find a way back with ten men and arguably finish the stronger on Saturday was a worry.

As with one or two of the pre-season friendlies, the Millers looked better with the ball than they did without it. 

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Alan Stubbs is to be applauded with the way he is asking his team to get it down and play and there is no better place than on a carpet of a pitch at a sunny and packed New York Stadium.

The new way is more attractive than the old, there's no doubt about that, but some Warnock-esque resilience is needed if real progress is going to be made. 

Will Vaulks was the pick of Saturday's four debutants, his ability to pick a pass (and bulge the net) best shown in a storming opening 25 minutes when rampant Rotherham plundered two goals and threatened to run away with it.

New boy Anthony Forde's best work was early on too, supplying an assist for Danny Ward's headed opener before Vaulks wicked strike from distance gave him an early chance to treat the Rotherham supporters to his trademark celebratory somersault.

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Stubbs went with a 4-3-3, with the tireless Ward flanked by record buy Jon Taylor and Forde. That is sure to change when he lands the striker (or two) the squad so desperately needs and by the time Saturday rolls around, one could be through the door.

Watched by their mega rich Chinese owners, Wolves looked ordinary, in fact the same as they looked for much of last season. 

Rotherham were still at sixes and sevens when George Saville rounded Lee Camp to reply shortly before half time. By the time Dominic Iorfa saw red for a questionable professional foul on Taylor seven minutes into the second half, their new coach Walter Zenga had finally hit upon the right tactics.

Wolves pushed up, gave the Millers no time and found spaces they shouldn't. They  deserved their angled equaliser from Icelandic Euro 2016 ace Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, the £2 million signing from Kaiserslautern, and possibly even more.

The Millers are off the mark but clearly still a work in progress.

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