MATCH REPORT: Millers badly beaten in South Yorkshire derby

IT was a day to forget for Rotherham United at Oakwell as they were comfortably beaten 4-0 by South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley in the Championship.

The hosts dominated the second period and ended the game as deserved victors thanks to goals after the break from Marc Roberts, Adam Hammill, Tom Bradshaw and Ryan Kent.

There were more half chances than full-blow attempts in a first period that ended 0-0. Sam Winnall nodded a header wide for the home side moments after Danny Ward had a shot from close range blocked for the Millers.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Millers old-boy Hammill stung the palms of goalkeeper Lee Camp after 22 minutes and Barnsley stopper Adam Davies made his first real save from a Jake Forster-Caskey effort five minutes later.

The first chance of the second half fell to the hosts. Skipper Conor Hourihane drilled an effort from the edge of the area that forced Camp into a miraculous fingertip save.

Barnsley kept up the pressure and found a breakthrough 10 minutes into the second period when the Millers failed to clear a wide Hammill free kick. It fell to centre back Roberts who prodded home from close range at the back post. 

Things went from bad to worse three minutes later when Barnsley countered following a Rotherham corner. Hammill found himself in space 25 yards out to unleash a powerful effort that deflected off the boot of Kelvin Wilson, leaving Camp wrong footed.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The game was dead and buried when ¬– in the 86th minute – summer Millers target Tom Bradshaw rose highest at the back post to nod home Barnsley’s third.

And winger Kent rubbed salt in to the Millers’ wounds in stoppage time when he hit a ferocious shot that bulleted into Camp’s top corner.

Rotherham have now failed to score in three away games and conceded 10 goals in the same period.

Barnsley: Davies, Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald, White, Kent, Scowen, Hourihane, Hammill (Lee 87), Winnall (Payne 68, Bradshaw 72), Watkins.

Subs not used: Townsend, Moncur, Evans, Tuton.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Millers: Camp; Fisher, Ball, Wilson, Kelly; Vaulks, Forster-Caskey (Yates 65), Taylor (Newell 80), Allan, Brown (Forde 83); Ward.

Subs not used: Price, Wood, Mattock, Smallwood.

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

Attendance: 15,293, (3,293 away)

This is your chance to vote for Rotherham United's stand-out player from today's game.
Fill out my online form.
Make sure you check our website all through Tuesday morning for reaction to today's South Yorkshire derby.