Date: 17th September 2017 at 9:44pm
Written by:

Three consecutive games on the trot and Romain Vincelot has found the net and with his goals alone gaining us 7 points. Vincelot scored the 2nd goal at Peterborough to put us 2 ahead in a game where we conceded just the once, Oxford away a last second equaliser, and now the sole goal at home against the Millers.

Rotherham United are a very dangerous outfit and any result or performance barring a loss I’ll take any day of the week. Saturday provided us with our 2nd clean sheet of the season in all competitions, our first and last was the away game to Gillingham back on 12th August, our last home clean sheet was last season, to be honest, our last 4 home games last season we shut out the opposition. I have to say, McCall has done it again, his impressive record continues against the Millers as a manager now claiming 4 wins from 6 matches including a draw against the South Yorkshire club.

What’s the difference between a Vincelot and an Ocelot?
20 thousand people scream when a Vincelot pounces.

Ok, that is probably the worst joke ever published on the internet, but with an assist from Tony McMahon, the bearded Frenchman is proving an ever present danger as much as the front men, already mentioned his goals have got us 7 points, in contrast Poleon has netted a sole winner so he has got 3 points on the board and you can say the same about Wyke’s goals this season claiming us 3 points. What is surprising 8 games into the league this season, Vincelot is City’s joint leading league scorer along with Wyke and Poleon, all sat on 3 goals apiece.

Shut that net
With the fear of digging up Larry Grayson to shut that door at the back, Doyle with the returning Chicksen, Kilgallon, Knight-Percival and McMahon stopped a very threatening free scoring Rotherham United who had only recently scored 8 goals in their previous 2 matches.

We have faced some tough opposition this season, and what is noteworthy, we are not walking away with draws, or worse yet, losses. Blackburn Rovers remain our only league loss of the season, but we’ve spanked Peterborough in their own back yard, walked away with a point from Oxford United and along with a win against Blackpool, we have beaten 3 of the 8 teams who currently reside in the top 8 in the division, so we are not where we are by having an easy run.

The stats aren’t brilliant, but only 1 matters
Most of the stats from the weekend’s game in all honesty I would describe a bit nonchalant, 55% possession so about half each, 14 fouls to Rotherham’s 17, again, a bit status quo, same with our 7 corners to United’s 4. BUT 1 stat that sticks out like a sore thumb, we only had 10 shots all game, United had twice that with 20, on target 4 and 7 respectively. That shows the hard shift put in by our back line to walk away with a clean sheet and you can see why the Millers can get onto the scoreboard so easily.

So where from here?
More of the same, there isn’t much to fault so far this season, the odd blip here and there and there will be more just like every single team out there will have them, we might have a couple of things we need to look at, but at the moment, things are clicking. Come the weekend though will provide us with a totally different challenge, an away game to a team in the bottom 10, Northampton Town. I won’t show a lack of disrespect by saying that should be an easy 3 points, we may have a good record against them, but they do seem to be coming into a bit of good form at the moment and should provide an entertaining game. The only thing we should worry about now playing any team is complacency, but I see this as a fixture for us not to worry about or fear. If we keep focused, there is no reason why Stuart McCall and Kenny Black won’t be singing on the coach back up the M1.

Join The Vital Debate