Report - Huddersfield Town 0-2 Rotherham United

Huddersfield Town story posted by Sean Makin on 08/03/2015
Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell said he was "angry and embarrassed" after seeing his side lose to Rotherham United at the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday.Report - Huddersfield Town 0-2 Rotherham United

Town never looked in the game from the first kick to the last in a shambolic performance and the Millers took full advantage as goals from Kari Arnason and Conor Sammon gave Steve Evans' side a vital win in their battle against relegation.

There were no positives to take from this for Town. The performance was lethargic and the passing was laboured at best. This defeat means Town have lost their last three and are conceding goals for fun having let in nine goals in the process.

Rotherham weren't particular great themselves and Town made them look good by being extremely poor.

Powell made three changes from the midweek defeat to Brentford. Joe Lolley made only his second start for the club in place of Harry Bunn, who was out with a hamstring injury.

Defender Joel Lynch returned from a groin injury and started in place of Murray Wallace while midfielder Conor Coady replaced David Edgar.

Rotherham handed debuts to newly-signed loan defenders Daniel Lafferty and Farrend Rawson from Burnley and Derby County respectively.

Former Town winger Danny Ward missed out due to a training-ground knock but Rotherham did have a former Terrier starting in right-back Jack Hunt.

First-half chances were rare in the blustery conditions but Joe Lolley looked lively down the right flank in the opening 30 minutes.

Sammon tested Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies with a close range effort after being picked out by Ben Pringle.

James Vaughan saw his looping header fly inches past the post at the other end from Jacob Butterfield's right wing cross.

Matt Derbyshire latched on to a throw in from Arnason but Lynch was in the right place to deflect the striker's effort wide.

The Millers looked the likeliest to score but Smithies pulled off a superb save to deny Arnason with a close range header.

Sure enough the goal Rotherham deserved came just a minute before the break. Hunt's cross from the right after a surge forward led to a goalmouth scramble which Arnason pounced on to smash the ball into the back of the net.

The hope of Town producing a second half fight back never came and Lolley's afternoon was cut short due to injury on 58 minutes and was replaced by Ishmael Miller.

Surprisingly on-loan Radoslaw Majewski came off the bench to replace Jonathan Hogg. This was his first appearance in a Town shirt since the beginning of November.

The surprising change led to a lapse in concentration which Rotherham capitalised on. The Town defence had been static all afternoon and Sammon was given all the time in the world to drive a low shot into the bottom corner of the net to double Rotherham's lead.

It didn't quite end a perfect day for the Millers as midfielder Lee Frecklington, booked for a first-half foul on Lynch, was shown a second yellow after a late challenge of Coady.

On this performance it is hard to see where the next win is going to come from for the Terriers and next up is an away trip to Birmingham City.

Teams:

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Hudson, Lynch (Wallace 80), Robinson, Lolley (Miller 58), Coady, Butterfield, Hogg (Majewski 59), Scannell, Vaughan.
Subs not used: Murphy, Edgar, Carroll, Gobern.

Rotherham United: Collin, Hunt, Broadfoot, Rawson, Lafferty, Arnason, Smallwood, Pringle (Milson 78), Frecklington, Derbyshire (Bowery 82), Sammon (Richardson 93).
Subs not used: Thompson, Newton, Fryers, Clarke-Harris.

Referee: Carl Boyeson
Attendance: 13,342.



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