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REPORT: Rotherham United 2-0 Sky Blues

Defeat for the Sky Blues...

25 October 2023

Match Reports

REPORT: Rotherham United 2-0 Sky Blues

Defeat for the Sky Blues...

25 October 2023

The Sky Blues slipped to defeat against Rotherham United at the New York Stadium.

Lee Peltier scored just after the restart and a goal from Ollie Rathbone deep into stoppage time secured the points for Rotherham.

The hosts had the games first attempt on goal, full-back Dexter Lembiska with an effort from range, which Ben Wilson would save well, low down to his left.

At the other end, Milan van Ewijk switched play out wide to Jay Dasilva and he drilled the ball across goal for Matty Godden, who looked to divert the ball past Viktor Johansson, but the out-stretched leg of the ‘keeper denied the City striker.

Space opened up for Josh Eccles deep in the Rotherham half and he tried his luck from distance with a powerful drive, but Johansson was equal to it.

City were finding space and so was Kyle McFadzean in an unusual position, wide left deep in the United half and he picked out Ellis Simms in space and he got his shot away, only to be denied by Johansson.

Rotherham’s best chance of the half saw a combination of their front two end with Jordan Hugill picking out Fred Onyedinma in the middle, but he headed wide.

HALF-TIME: Rotherham United 0-0 Sky Blues

Following the restart, Rotherham would take the lead after Lee Peltier flicked on the ball at the near post and it found the back of the net.

The Sky Blues almost had an immediate response, when Simms’ header looked for all the world it would ripple the net, but Johansson saved from point blank range, before Ellis fired the rebound into the side netting.

Ben Sheaf was next to fire in an effort from distance, forcing the Rotherham shot-stopper into a save over his bar.

Minutes later, a ball into the box from Jay Dasilva had Matty Godden in flight, but he couldn’t direct his diving header on target, as it went agonisingly wide.

Ben Wilson kept the score at 1-0 with an excellent save from just inside of the area as Ollie Rathbone saw his shot pushed wide of goal by the fingertips of City’s ‘keeper.

Another ball into the box, this time from Dexter Lembiska, was directed towards goal by Hugill, but the post would keep out the striker.

Wilson produced another top save again to deny Rathbone, this time the midfielder’s shot from outside of the area was tipped over the bar.

Mark Robins made a triple change, introducing Callum O’Hare, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto and Bobby Thomas, with O’Hare almost creating City’s way back into the game when he picked out van Ewijk, but his volley was deflected behind for a corner.

Sakamoto thought he had found that leveller, but his header glanced wide of goal and behind for a goal kick.

With City looking for a way back into the game, the hosts doubled their lead through Ollie Rathbone.

FULL-TIME: Rotherham United 2-0 Sky Blues

Attendance: 10,553 (2,174)

Goals: Lee Peltier, Ollie Rathbone

Sky Blues Xl: Ben Wilson (GK); Joel Latibeaudiere (75’ O’Hare), Kyle McFadzean (C) (75’ Thomas), Luis Binks; Milan van Ewijk, Ben Sheaf, Josh Eccles, Jay Dasilva; Yasin Ayari (75’ Sakamoto); Ellis Simms, Matty Godden (65' Wright).

Subs: Brad Collins (GK), Bobby Thomas, Jake Bidwell, Liam Kitching, Dermi Lusala, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto, Callum O'Hare, Haji Wright, Justin Obikwu.


Rotherham Xl: Viktor Johanasson (GK), Dexter Lembikisa, Cohen Bramall, Cafu (88' Clucas), Jordan Hugill (87' Kelly), Fred Oyedinma, Ollie Rathbone, Lee Peltier (77’ Odoffin), Sean Morrison ©, Christ Tiehi, Arvin Appiah (60’ Revan).

Subs: Dillion Phillips (GK), Sam Clucas, Tom Eaves, Georgie Kelly, Hakeem Odoffin, Seb Revan, Sam Nombe, Ciaran McGuckin

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