Rotherham United: Millers look on the bright side before Addicks test

Anthony Wordsworth celebrates his goal

Anthony Wordsworth celebrates his goal

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Rotherham United are taking the positives from Tuesday night’s disappointing defeat at Bolton Wanderers as they prepare for tomorrow’s visit of Championship high-fliers Charlton Athletic.

The Millers lost 3-2 after leading 1-0 at half-time at the Macron Stadium and having a goal in time added on disallowed, but scored twice in a match for the first time this season.

Assistant manager Paul Raynor said: “We created more chances away from home than we’ve done all season. That was positive.

“I thought we played with a good tempo. Apart from the goals, I thought we looked solid defensively, especially in the first period.”

Unbeaten Charlton are fifth in the table with three wins and four draws

Rotherham, with two wins, a draw and four defeats, slipped to 19th after losing a game against Wanderers which had appeared theirs for the taking at the interval.

Anthony Wordsworth scores his first goal for the club with a first-half free-kick before seeing his last-gasp effort ruled out for offside. In between, Jordan Bowery had climbed off the bench to score for the second successive game.

Raynor said of Wordsworth’s second effort: “It looked offside. I’ll be absolutely honest. We’ve looked at the DVD. If I hadn’t seen the DVD, I’d have said it was four yards onside. He was just slightly off.

“I don’t think we’ve had the rub of the green elsewhere. What I’ve seen on the analysis is that Jonson Clarke-Harris got absolutely took out by the goalkeeper while the ball’s still in play and he’s just about to slide it across the goal.

“The linesman sees the offside but doesn’t see that. But that’s what we tend to get these days.”

Unbeaten Charlton are fifth in the table with three wins and four draws

Rotherham, with two wins, a draw and four defeats, slipped to 19th after losing a game against Wanderers which had appeared theirs for the taking at the interval.

“We got the goal and went ahead but then conceded a sloppy equaliser that could have been avoided,” Raynor added. “We let the boy come inside and we got punished. It’s gone in from 25 yards out, which is disappointing. It gives them a lift. They’re on the floor until that moment.

“The crowd are frustrated. Dougie (Bolton boss Freedman) is under a bit of pressure. They’re getting on his back, they’re getting on the players’ backs, and we’re ahead. To give them that lifeline and let them back in the game is disappointing.”

Paul Taylor struck the woodwork with a curling effort early in the second half which would have given the Millers a 2-0 cushion had it gone in.

Meanwhile, boss Steve Evans has assured Febian Brandy that he still has a future at Rotherham despite allowing the right-winger to join Crewe Alexandra on a one-month loan.

“I would like to make it clear that in my opinion this young man still has a bright future at New York Stadium,” Evans said. “But it is very clear he now needs a run of matches at first-team level.”

Brandy had been scheduled to start for Rotherham’s reserve team which lost 2-0 to Premier League Hull City in a Wednesday-night match played at North Ferriby FC, but was pulled out when his loan switch was confirmed.

Deadline-day signing Jonson Clarke-Harris won and missed a first-half penalty before the Tigers struck twice in the second half.

Rotherham starting 11: Loach; Brindley, Peace-McDonald, Hallatt, Warren; Yates, Frecklington, Hall, Swift; Clarke-Harris, Bowery.