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PREVIEW | Rotherham United vs Rovers

27 August 2021

Rovers travel to Rotherham United for the second South Yorkshire derby of August 2021.

In the past five league meetings (the teams only met once in the curtailed 2019/20 season) – the head-to-head is relatively even with two wins for Rovers, two draws and one win for the Millers.

Supporters are reminded that this match is all-ticket meaning Rovers fans will not be able to buy on the day. Please do not travel if you do not have a ticket.

 

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REPORT | Rotherham United 2 Rovers 0

28 August 2021

A first-half brace from Rotherham United's Michael Smith sentenced Rovers to defeat against the Millers.

Richie Wellens made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Portsmouth. The injured Tom Anderson was replaced with Branden Horton while Tiago Cukur dropped to the bench for Matt Smith.

Within the opening five minutes of the game, Mickel Miller was shown a yellow card for a foul on Ben Close. A minute later and Miller would head the ball over Pontus Dahlberg’s cross bar from Kieran Sadlier’s cross.

Rovers worked a set piece well with John Bostock playing a long ball from the middle of the pitch towards Close on the edge of the box who teed up Ethan Galbraith and the Manchester United loanee volleyed over the goal.

Later the 20-year-old midfielder floated an effort into the box, but unfortunately missed the blue shirts in there.

On the 23rd minute Jamie Lindsay thought he had headed Rotherham into the lead but it was ruled offside. Only three minutes later and the home side took the lead through Michael Smith from close range.

The next chance for Rovers came from a Close corner which was finished with a double shot from Charlie Seaman which was blocked on each occasion.

In injury time during the first-half Michael Smith got his and Rotherham’s second of the afternoon which was a bitter blow for Wellens’ side who went into the break 2-0 down.

The second-half started brighter for Rovers with Seaman just missing a connection on Tommy Rowe’s ball across goal. Cukur was quickly introduced to the game and shortly after Miller was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Kyle Knoyle which gave Rovers a glimer of hope of getting back into the game. 

Galbraith was next in the referee’s book for a mistimed tackle on Ben Wiles before Rovers made their second change on the hour mark which saw John Bostock replaced by Aidan Barlow.

Matt Smith forced a comfortable save out of Viktor Johansson with a shot from distance following a Rovers corner. While in the ascendancy, Close had a shot saved from an acute angle after a low ball was played into the box by Knoyle.

Chances for both sides dried up in the final ten minutes and Rotherham were able to hold onto their lead to take three points from the local derby. 

Rovers will now head into the international break and will return to face Rotherham at the Keepmoat Stadium for our first game of the Papa John’s Trophy competition on September 7.

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Rotherham United ticket update

26 August 2021

Tickets for Rovers' Sky Bet League One away match vs Rotherham United on Saturday will come off sale at 3pm on Friday, August 27.

The Club Doncaster Box Office will remain open until 4pm on Friday for collections but will not be open on Saturday.

If you cannot get to the Box Office before 4pm on Friday to collect your tickets, please contact them on 01302 762576 or email tickets@clubdoncaster.co.uk to arrange on-the-day collection from the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

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