RECAP: Rotherham United 2 Doncaster Rovers 0: Derby defeat for depleted Rovers

A first half brace from Michael Smith took the game beyond toothless Doncaster Rovers and saw them slip to defeat in the South Yorkshire derby with Rotherham United.

Saturday, 28th August 2021, 3:14 pm
New York Stadium

Recap the events of the game on the blog service below.

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LIVE: Rotherham United 2 Doncaster Rovers 0

Last updated: Saturday, 28 August, 2021, 15:13

Of the 9,748 here in the New York, there are 1,716 Rovers supporters.

Ethan Galbraith, Doncaster Rovers

Mickel Miller is sent off for Rotherham after a heavy challenge on Kyle Knoyle.

Is that a crack in the door?

Tiago Cukur replaces Branden Horton.

With the change, Richie Wellens has switched to a 3-4-3 system with Knoyle, Williams and John in the back three and Rowe and Seaman as wing backs.

2.05pm Not good, and so much to do

Falling behind at all was going to give Rovers a mountain to climb given their attacking options. Falling two goals down before the break has given them a task of Himalayan proportions.

It has been a struggle all afternoon so far in fairness, with Rovers showing very little in the opposition half barring a few flashes where they’ve looked to catch Rotherham out.

It has all been very scrappy in the middle of the park, which has suited the hosts down to the ground. They’ve shown some decent threat too, with little break outs from the middle.

Rovers just haven’t had a hold on things anywhere near enough.

Where does the inspiration for a comeback come from?

2.01pm That’s the break

Matt Smith lashes in from the edge of the box to double Rotherham’s lead on the stroke of half time.

A long throw into the box was tossed around until it dropped to Smith, who fired in.

Two minutes

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