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REPORT | Rovers 2 Rotherham United 2

19 July 2022

Rovers and South Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Eco-Power Stadium.

George Miller added a goal in each half to his collection for his new club, with Hakeem Odoffin and George Kelly scoring for Paul Warne’s side.

Gary McSheffrey brought Joseph Olowu back into the starting XI after he missed the weekend’s victory over Huddersfield Town through illness.

Rovers had the better of the opening exchanges and had their first chance when Luke Molyneux flashed a free-kick wide from 25 yards.

Their good work paid off with 11 minutes gone. A sublime ball through from Adam Clayton was matched by a clinical finish from Miller who fired past Josh Vickers for his fourth goal of pre-season, and his first at the Eco-Power.

The Millers responded well though and after forcing two corners in quick succession, had their equaliser just five minutes after going behind. Daniel Barlaser’s centre was met by Hakeem Odoffin who powered his header beyond Jonathan Mitchell in the Rovers goal.

Both sides had strikes from distance in the minutes that followed before Molyneux couldn’t quite get on the end of Miller’s through ball after Rovers countered from a Rotherham corner.

Rovers had a great chance to go back in front two minutes before the break, Harrison Biggins showed good composure to lift a ball to the back post, where Trialist B saw his effort brilliantly kept out by a combination of Vickers and the post to see the sides go in level. 

Gary McSheffrey’s side came out of the dressing room on the front foot and Miller was prevented a chance for his second by some good defending from Peter Kioso.

Miller wasn’t to be denied though and just before the hour mark he had a second. After receiving the ball from Tommy Rowe inside the box, the 23-year-old curled the ball into the top corner with the outside of his right boot.

The visitors came back again though and made it 2-2 with 13 minutes to play, Kioso’s ball in from the left was finished well by George Kelly from six yards out.

Jamie Lindsay came close to a late Rotherham winner but an entertaining evening of football ended all square at the Eco-Power Stadium in Rovers’ penultimate friendly of the summer.

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