Rotherham Vs Leicester – Rotherham United will open their League One season at AFC Wimbledon after a two-goal draw with Leicester City at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Rotherham Vs Leicester
The Millers got their first look at summer signing Sean MacDonald in the home engine room in their second home friendly after West Bromwich Albion knocked out the home faithful in their midweek draw.
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Daniel Iversen was between the sticks for Rotherham against his parent club, while new signing Jamie Lindsay was a substitute alongside Freddy Ladapo, who scored against the Baggies.
The Millers had an early goal when Nampalis Mendy’s errant pass allowed Dan Barlaser to curl a corner into Leicester’s penalty area, but Matt Crooks headed home at the far post.
Minutes later, Matt Olosunde set the pace for Miller’s move before playing a one-two with Michael Smith on the edge of the box, but the American full-back was denied by a well-placed defender.
Leicester held their nerve to fire home with their favored left foot in the 12th minute when Harvey Barnes tackled Olosunde and slotted the ball into the path of Iheanacho. Iversen steps forward and finds the heart of the home goal.
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Iheanacho looked set to make it two when Andy King flicked the ball down the left into the Nigerian striker’s path and sent Iversen through on goal, but despite the choice of position, the Danish stopper spread himself smartly. Little touch and curl the ball wide of the target.
The Millers were riding their luck when Barnes intercepted Ihiekwe in mid-air and Iheanacho burst into the home box before heading home from close range, but a combination of Clarke Robertson and Iversen kept the ball out. Iverson’s leg was saved before Demarai Gray showed his nimble feet to beat Robertson before drilling.
The home side were struggling to make an impact until Kyle Vassell missed a good chance before the former Blackpool striker tried his luck from distance, but King blocked his effort from close range.
Despite Leicester’s dominance, Rotherham were back on level terms eight minutes before the break when Vassell made a move from halfway, playing a forward pass that Morris got the wrong side of Soyunchi. , he couldn’t keep his footing and headed home, calming down Norwich tenant Danny Ward.
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In the Millers’ next attack, Smith beat King and tried to dodge Ward’s palm before Barnes threatened to come out, cut inside at the other end and then curled a hard effort into the top corner. Iversen equalized with an excellent reflex save.
Barnes and Iversen were one-on-one and Barnes clipped the ball under his spell, caught Olosunde and shot towards goal, but Iversen again showed his mettle with a leg save.
After the break, the pair were in the thick of it once again, with Rotherham barely able to clear and Barnes darting into the bottom corner, but Iversen was on target to turn the ball to safety.
Minutes later, Rotherham were under a spell of pressure when Barlaser played a pinpoint ball into the box and Macdonald finished between two defenders to meet his cross, but the ball hit his head and the former striker missed the target. The Wigan Athletic midfielder was inches away from meeting another Barlazer cross with another well-timed run into the box in another home attack.
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Bringing Ladapo into the contest, the home striker rose highest to meet Barlaser’s corner and head towards goal. Despite Crooks and Vassell combining, the latter fired home from close range to end all the home cheers. With the offside award.
The Millers were indebted to Ihiekwe for getting under his own crossbar as Iheanacho was ready to follow up Gray’s dangerous cross.
However, Ihiekwe’s back-end shot found Iheanacho in a toe-to-toe race with Lewis Price and the Rotherham keeper was unable to save the former Manchester City striker. His nerves fired into the unprotected mesh roof.
A few minutes later, Robertson was the first to see the game’s yellow for a tackle on James Justine near the touchline.
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Ihikwe went from villain to hero as Ben Wiles’ stunning free-kick and the Millers’ defender darted home to quickly answer an unguarded shot. Second attempt.
The Millers almost turned the game around when Olosunde went down under a challenge from Vice-Admiral Moskwe in the box, but referee Price denied a strong plea for a spot-kick before being tested in the game’s last notable effort. When he wisely suppresses Maskway’s drill attempt.
Teams:- Rotherham-Iversen (Price 65), Mattock (Wood 65), McDonald, Barlaser (Lindsay 60), Morris (Ladapo 56), Robertson (Hinds 81), Crooks (Wiles 60), Wassell (Kayode 71), Ihikwe (Cooper 81), Olosunde, Smith (Proctor 60).
Leicester – Ward, Justin, Sounchu, Morgan, Gray, Iheanacho, Barnes (Maskaway 85), Silva (Gezal 57), Mendy (Amarte 50), Fuchs, King. Not used – Jakupovic, Ughelumba, Moore.
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