Internet Millers Programme Article- Yeovil Town

Last updated : 10 January 2006 By Millersmad Staff
With the greatest respect to Leicester they are one of the weaker IFA teams and only managed to bring eight players up to Herringthorpe so we didn’t envisage too many problems.

It took a good 15 minutes walking around to find a suitable pitch to play on after some heavy overnight rain and the game eventually got underway shortly after 10.30am. Having a near to full strength team out we were in no mood for sympathy as we took total control over Leicester, who were fielding three of our subs.

It didn’t take long to open the scoring as centre back Yeardy scored his first goal for the club when he diverted a shot from Andy P in to the net from two yards out. Burnsy got his customary goal minutes later and it was a superb passing move that was fit to grace Wembley, never mind the mudbath of Herringthorpe. Andy P made it three when it smashed in a shot to the top corner following a lay off from JV, who soon then made it 4-0 when he controlled and finished tidily from a Gilby cross. Leicester offered very little and were soon five behind when Burnsy notched his second, firing a loose ball home following a corner. We went in to half time 6-0 up when it was JV’s turn to grab his second when he scored a rare header from a corner.

Half time saw big changes as players swapped teams and for a while Leicester controlled the game. Shark only had one save to make though before we made it 7-0, with Chris Grist tapping in from close range. With Burnsy now on the other side they registered a goal as he raced through and rounded the keeper before finishing well. There was to be no miraculous recovery though as Chris Grist grabbed his second when he drove high in to the net. Lee, now also playing for Leicester scored one when he rounded the keeper again but the game was to finish with two more Millers goals. Debutant Mike was on hand to knock home the rebound from Gilby’s shot and was the fourth Rotherham player to grab a brace when he headed home JV’s cross.

It was by no means a good performance by us, but no matter what anyone says, when you are playing on a horrible pitch against a team with only eight men and three of your own, you’re not going to be on the boil and ‘up for it’ so it’s testament to our quality and application that we still banged 10 in, though in all honesty it should have been 20.

That looks like being our last game before Christmas, meaning we have had a wonderful start to our campaign with a realistic chance of winning the league. To do so, we will probably have to go the allotted 20 games having won them all and even then it may come down to goal difference, so this victory may be more important than we imagined.

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