Millers to face QPR…
Rotherham United will be looking to maintain their unbeaten run when they welcome Queens Park Rangers to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Millers, who continued their unbeaten run on Saturday, twice came from behind as they drew 2-2 with South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United thanks to goals from Jon Taylor and Jamie Proctor at home.
Paul Warne’s men are now unbeaten in six following the stoppage time equaliser from Proctor, during the unbeaten run they have won just the one game, the win coming against Swansea City.
Speaking after the game against the Blades to the assembled media: “Well I think first and foremost I thought it was a really good game,” said Warne.
“A neutral would have loved it. Both teams were trying to win the game in their own way. My lads were definitely deserving of a draw at least. It was an exciting end.
“I think that’s why people come and watch football because of the excitement it brings. I don’t think we could say it wasn’t exciting.”
Despite dominating from the first whistle, Mark Duffy gave Sheffield United the lead on eight minutes, before, Jon Taylor equalised in the second–half for Warne’s men and overall out of the two keepers Blades shot stopper Dean Henderson was the busiest keeper.
“In fairness, it’s what the goalkeeper’s there for,” continued Warne.
“In the same way, I think Marek would have made them. I thought those two goalkeepers were the best in League One by a country mile last season. His saves didn’t surprise me, what does surprise me is that Semi got his header on target!
“We could have won it but because the goal was so late on, a draw sort of feels a little bit like a win. The lads can take confidence from it.
“I know it was on telly on all that malarkey, I’ve always had real confidence in this group. I keep saying we’re a good team with good players and do really well. This game will probably cement a bit more confidence.”
Blades‘ defender Chris Basham restored their lead after Taylor’s leveller and it looked as though he had scored the winner, however, striker Jamie Proctor came off the bench to equalise three minutes into stoppage time.
“Their goal was a really well-worked goal,” Warne admitted.
“I can’t criticise our lads for that. Even if we’d have lost 2-1, there’d have been no shame for us. You can’t guarantee a result but you can ask for a performance. Today we got a result and a performance. We’re well pleased. The lads stick together and the subs went on and had an impact. A win would have been pretty amazing but we’ll take a draw.
“Having a draw when you get up on a Sunday morning is better than a defeat. But it’s not like we set out, sit behind the ball and don’t try and do anything. We try and score all the time and the lads are doing everything they possibly can to win games.
“I’ve been saying for a few weeks now that our performances deserve more points. Today is another opportunity where we could have got two more but I’m not being greedy.”
Last Time We Met…
The last meeting between Rotherham United and Queens Park Rangers came in the 2016/17 Championship season.
The clash took place at Loftus Road on Saturday 18th March 2017 with the R’s winning the contest comfortably 5-1 thanks to goals from Matt Smith, Luke Freeman, Yeni Atito Ngbakoto, Massimo Luongo and Nedum Onuoha whilst Millers midfielder Joe Newell got a consolation goal for Paul Warne’s men.
Earlier in the season, the Millers ran out winners thanks to Izzy Brown’s goal on 24 minutes was the difference at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Queens Park Rangers head into the clash on Tuesday evening on the back of a 2-2 draw against Stoke City thanks to a late goal from defender Angel Rangel who had given the R’s the lead, however, goals from Saido Berahino and Joe Allen turned the game on it’s head before Rangel’s late goal on 78 minutes.
Prior to facing Stoke the R’s have won four of their previous six losing and drawing the other games, the wins came against Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Brentford whilst they drew with Derby County and lost to Blackburn Rovers.
I think this will be a tough game for Rotherham but one they can win against a very strong QPR outfit at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and with the Millers being on a unbeaten run I believe that run will continue.
Rotherham United 2-0 Queens Park Rangers.
Picture Credit: Rotherham United