Date: 24th January 2018 at 9:14am
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Who cares if we are losing to the worst teams in the division as long as we are beating the teams around us. That was some very strange logic coming from the City Chairman a couple of weeks ago and logic I really don’t understand. But now we have lost to a team around us, so what will the message be? It’s ok to lose as long as we can still beat teams in cup games……..

No shame losing to the Millers
If I am honest as a supporter, it is never an embarrassment losing to Rotherham United on their turf, they are a tough team to beat, always have been no matter what division they are in. So I am not going to rip into McCall for yet another loss, because I am realistic in what we should be doing on the pitch. We won’t win every single game, in fact, we are not winning any games at all.

Is it still ok now to lose to the crud of the division?
With the latest loss, we are now 2 points from dropping out of the play offs, having played a game more than Charlton, and in fact, the top 3, our position might start to dawn on some of the blind few. I genuinely feel we have been hitting above our level this season due to tactics, or lack of them, the lack of back up plans and just purely, we are not good enough. We are getting found out, teams now play City and no matter who they are, they now look upon us as a winnable game. We are Accrington Stanley, we are AFC Wimbledon, we are Bury, probably bad examples because those teams always beat us. Hmmmmm, we are Yeovil Town, drat, another bad example, I just wish we were as good as the Glovers.

The game
With the Millers taking the lead through the goal machine known as Michael Smith half way in the first half the millers went into half time 1-0. Smith who is on loan from Bury netted for the 3rd time this season, his first for United and his first in the league since September. The level of quality of scorers of late to cut City down. But we have the 2nd half, surely it won’t be McAwfull as is usually the case under David Moyes, I mean Stuart, surely we are not going to concede again shortly after Stuart has given his pep talk to the team, again. Well believe it or not, 12 minutes from the restart the score became 2-0 through another wonder of amazement in the sport in front of goal, this time in the form of Joe Newell with his 4th of the season and 14th league goal in 7 years. We really do of struggle keeping players of that calibre from scoring this season. The Millers have consigned City to a 4th straight loss and our 6th in 8 games. But if you listen to some reporters of local tabloids, that is still classed as good work, saying that, it was a Leeds based paper that quoted that shortly after the defeat. You won’t hear such nonsense from me when we don’t warrant it. Times are that desperate, I would even take Mark Hughes now or Arsene Wenger in the summer.

Half time Millers 1-0 City
Smith (22)
Full Time Millers 2-0 City
Newell (57)

Card watch
No city players booked.

Ref watch
Darren Drysdale for only the 2nd time this season had a quiet game regarding bookings. Not a single player on either side received a card. This was Drysdale’s 30th game this season totalling 82 yellows and 4 reds.


Line ups
Rotherham United 4-4-2
Marek Rodak, Joshua Emmanuel, Semi Ajayi, Richard Wood, Joe Mattock, Anthony Forde, Richard Towell, Will Vaulks, Joe Newell (Jon Taylor 82), Michael Smith (Jonson Clarke-Harris 79), David Ball (Jerry Yates 66)
Unused subs – Lewis Price, Michael Ihiekwe, Ryan Williams, Shaun Cummings

Bradford City 4-1-2-1-2
Rouven Sattelmaier, Tyrell Robinson, Mat Kilgallon, Nat Knight-Percival, Callum Guy, Jake Reeves (Shay McCartan 46), Romain Vincelot (Alex Gilliead 61), Timothee Dieng, Nicky Law, Paul Taylor (Dominic Poleon 71), Charlie Wyke
Unused subs – Lukas Raeder, Adam Thompson, Adam Chicksen, Daniel Devine

2017/18 City Scorers
13 – Charlie Wyke
6 – Dominic Poleon, Paul Taylor
5 – Alex Jones, Romain Vincelot
3 – Patrick Omari, Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Matt Kilgallon, Shay McCartan
2 – Tyrell Robinson, Alex Gilliead
1 – Jacob Hanson, Tony McMahon, Adam Thompson, Timothee Dieng
1 – Own goals, Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town)

Upcoming fixtures
AFC Wimbledon (H) Sat 27th Jan
Oldham Athletic (A) Sat 3rd Feb
Bury (H) Sat 10th Feb
Charlton Athletic (A) Tues 13th Feb
Wigan Athletic (H) Sat Sat 17th Feb