I had already seen Sheffield United play at Rotherham United twice before, but not since they had started the re-building of the main stand.
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Team: Rotherham United
It was, in truth by chance a last minute decision that I chose to visit Millmoor. I had the previous day been flicking through the football results after I returned from Watford, looking at the local results I noticed that Rotherham weren't mentioned so looked to see whom they were playing.
Having noticed the game had been selected for Sunday afternoon (kick-off: 2:00pm) I realised why there was no result; I hadn't at that time thought about going to the game.
It was only the following day when at 12:30 Sunday boredom set in and thought about what to do. I had already completed the match report from the previous day for Blades-Mad and as there was noting to do I half thought about going to the game.
At 13:10 my mind was made up and having already had my Sunday Dinner I quickly got changed and was out of the house. Thankfully I only live nine miles from the ground and it's a straight run, only parking was going to be the problem.
However I managed to find a spot within five minutes of walking distance from the ground. Also, it was pay on the gate.
I was though frustrated in how much they charged to get in; I paid just £25.00 to watch Championship Watford when Rotherham charged £5.00 less to see a League Two fixture.
Stadium and Pitch: 6/10
The stadium wasn't too different from the last time I visited; I was situated in the Tivolli end behind goal, to the left was what is the half built main stand - due to lack of finances they pulled the plug on building the new stand.
However a quarter of so of the seats have been installed and halve somehow managed to obtain a health & safety certificate that allows them to open up the stand.
It was cramped in the Tivolli end, this mainly as up until a few years ago it was a standing terrace until seats were installed. The toilet facilities were okay, x10 better than what I endured at Oakwell in an earlier review.
Nether the less it was a good experience and I wouldn't hastate to visit again when United aren't playing - it's grounds like these that make you appreciate what you have.
Unfortunately I was unable to obtain a copy of the match day programme for this fixture so have given a neutral score of five.
Performance and Result: 9/10
Rotherham United played extremely well and were well worth the 3-1 victory they achieved over a Peterborough United side who are currently tipped to win League Two at a cantor - come May things might be different.
The Millers scored with two goals from Derek Holmes (8 & 35 minutes), sandwiched either side of Chris O'Grady's effort (33); The Posh replied too late when Aaron McLean's (88) header with two minutes remaining beat Andy Warrington.
Very little noise could be heard from the Posh end of the ground; except a ironic cheer when they scored to make it 3-1. They had scored earlier in the first half and the crowed got somewhat exciting but George Boyd's effort was ruled out for offside.
:: Previous Visits to Millmoor ::
- 23.08.2001 - Rotherham United v Sheffield United
- 28.02.2003 - Rotherham United v Sheffield United
- 19.08.2007 - Rotherham United v Peterborough United