Match Report: Rotherham United 1 Leicester City 3

Rotherham's John Swift surges forward. Pic by: Richard Parkes
Rotherham's John Swift surges forward. Pic by: Richard Parkes

Premier League opposition, up against a striker who has just attracted a £7 million transfer fee and in the opposing goal Kasper Schmeichel, son of Peter, the keeper many consider to be the best the world has ever seen.

Premier League opposition, up against a striker who has just attracted a £7 million transfer fee and in the opposing goal Kasper Schmeichel, son of Peter, the keeper many consider to be the best the world has ever seen.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray  in attendance at the New York Stadium -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray in attendance at the New York Stadium -Pic by: Richard Parkes

As far as pre-season challenges go, Rotherham United don’t mind them tough.

Top-flight new boys Leicester City had sent to squad to MK Dons the night before but still fielded a strong line-up which included Schmeichel, ex-Liverpool left-back Paul Konchesky, former Manchester United trainee Danny Drinkwater and £7m new signing from Brighton Leonardo Ulloa up front.

Rotherham, had a Premier League link of their own with teenager John Swift, signed last week on a season-long loan from Chelsea, making his first start.

In the end, quality, top-level finishing told as the £7m man bagged a brace to secure the victory.

Kieran Agard scores

Kieran Agard scores

Rotherham had a lot of the possession, most of the chances and played some lovely stuff. But sometimes money talks.

The Millers nearly had a man of their own to match Ulloa. Kieran Agard, one of nine subs at half-time, looked menacing from the off and needed just 13 minutes to put the Millers back in the match as he screwed his shot past Schmeichel.

Watching the action were Hull City boss Steve Bruce and Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray. If Derby, the Millers’ opening-day opponents on Saturday, had a spy at New York Stadium, as I’m sure they will have done, he will have gone away a concerned man.

Danny Drinkwater, who had a spell at Barnsley, added a third for Leicester on 63 minutes but still the Millers threat refused to go away as they continually took the match to the visitors.

Alex Revell, just as he did against Nottingham Forest a fortnight ago, won everything in the air.

Swift asked questions and was full of cunning against the Foxes, Green snuffed out danger at one end and caused it at the other and Agard buzzed and fizzed among a host of good individual performances.

Amazingly, Agard was the man to fluff a gilt-edged chance in the 83rd minute, hitting over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Ulloa had struck in the 28th and 38th minute to give the top-flight side a cushion they didn’t really deserve.

After the break, the Millers had a purple patch which showed just what an attacking force they can be.

In quick succession, Conor Newton had a fierce effort tipped away after a clever back-heel by Swift, Jordan Bowery had a header saved, Ryan Hall produced a great shot and Bowery got in a stinging effort as the Foxes went to ground.

Adam Collin had to be alert a couple of times to snuff out Ulloa as the Leicester man looked for a hat-trick, but the match finished pretty much as it began, with the Millers probing and impressing against a very good side.

Bring on Saturday and the Rams!

Rotherham United: Loach, Broadfoot, Arnason, Wood, Sadler, Swift, Frecklington, Tidser, Pringle, Revell, Derbyshire. H-T subs: Collin, Brindley, Morgan, Skarz, Newton, Green, Hall, Bowery, Agard.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, James, Moore, Hopper (Dodoo, 66), Taylor-Fletcher, Ulloa, Knockaert (Watson 72), Wasilewski. Subs: N’Goma, Watson, Smith, Stankivicius.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Attendance: 3,714 (595).