Rotherham United 1 v 1 Huddersfield Town
Rotherham United headed into this game needing to better the result of their relegation rivals, MK Dons, in order to secure their Championship safety.
MK Dons’ draw away at promotion chasing Sheffield Wednesday, means that Rotherham will have to wait until Saturday at the earliest to guarantee their safety. The Yorkshire outfit now only need to pick up one point, while MK Dons must win all their remaining games to even give themselves the slightest chance of avoiding the drop.
Rotherham were the better side in the opening part of the game. They expressed a high intensity level of performance, which has been introduced under Neil Warnock and has coincided with their extreme upturn in form.
Rotherham took the lead after just ten minutes. A corner from Joe Mattock eventually fell to Greg Halford, whose volley found the back of the net, via a couple of deflections.
Although, only ten minutes later, Huddersfield were given a gift by Rotherham to even up the encounter. Grant Ward gave away possession in midfield, which lead to the ball finding Nahki Wells, whose movement caused the home side problems all night.
His shot from just inside the area beat Rotherham ‘keeper, Lee Camp, who will have been disappointed not to have done better with the shot.
From this point, Huddersfield took the ascendancy, looking the far superior side.
The visitors continuously caused Rotherham problems, through the movement of their forward players and they were unlucky not to grab all three points.
Huddersfield had a number of chances to go ahead, all of which were well saved by Lee Camp, who has been one of the stars of Rotherham’s season. His saves have gone onto win many points for the Yorkshire side this season and it is clear that Rotherham would not be in the position they find themselves in today without Lee Camp.
Huddersfield have shown a vast improvement since the appointment of former Dortmund coach, David Wagner and they seem to be progressing well going into next season.
This is a fantastic point for Neil Warnock’s men, who have taken another huge step towards safety. This would not have been fathomable for many Rotherham fans prior to Warnock’s arrival at the club.
It is difficult to fully comprehend how well Warnock has done as manager of Rotherham. He has helped to completely turn around their season, as they were destined for relegation prior to his arrival.
Rotherham are not blessed with the most talented footballers in the division, but all of their deficiency’s are made up through their fight and passion, which is personified by their manager, who is loving every minute of his time at the club.
With Warnock confirming that he is going to manage next season, it is vital that Rotherham tie him down to an extended contract, to potentially carry on from where he has left off at the back end of this season.
Warnock spoke to the media last night and in this interview he displayed his joy at the position Rotherham find themselves in with three games still to go:
— Paul Davis (@paulm_davis) April 19, 2016
Huddersfield manager, David Wager, also gave his thoughts on the draw after the game:
At the end, I think we tried everything and showed a good fighting attitude to come from 1-0 down. When you are 1-0 down away at Rotherham it isn’t the easiest challenge on the pitch. I can accept this result and performance, even though we know it wasn’t one of our best days.
Man of the Match – Nahki Wells
Official Attendence – 10,296