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2014 Millers Matches Advent Calendar - Number 1

It’s Millers Time is paying tribute to a fantastic 2014 for Rotherham with a footballing advent calendar.

In each day of December, leading up to Christmas Day, we will look back at a game from this year.
Behind window number one is a League One victory over Port Vale.

Rotherham 1 Port Vale 0 (21/4/2014)

This game will be best remembered for the trailblazing manner in which boss Steve Evans employed a 3-3-3 formation following the first-half dismissal of Richie Smallwood.

It was a bold and fearless approach that was rewarded with three points and a 25th goal of the season for Kieran Agard.

The Millers came into the game fresh from a Good Friday 6-4 thriller at Wolves. Their play-off place was secured and they were running down their remaining matches of the regular season waiting for the end-of-season showpiece to begin.

The hosts had been bossing the game and wasted several chances to take the lead when Smallwood saw red for a late tackle on Billy Knott on the stroke of half-time.

Instead of Evans consolidating his side and playing for a point, the Scot brought on Agard at the interval, followed 20 minutes by Alex Revell and went to a 3-3-3 formation.

And the gung-ho tactics worked as in the 79th minute Joe Skarz whipped in a cross that James Tavernier knocked down and there was Agard to slide the ball in from 12 yards.

The Millers held on for a deserved win, which sent them third in League One, but everyone was left talking about Evans’ tactical genius.

Rotherham: Collin, Tavernier, Morgan, Arnason, Skarz, Adams (Milsom 45), O’Connor (Revell 65), Smallwood, Pringle, Vuckic (Agard 45), Thomas

Attendance: 7,743

One to remember: Evans surprising everyone in the dressing room at half-time by going for such an attacking formation.

One to forget: Richie Smallwood's late challenge on Billy Knott earned him a red card which saw him miss three games, including the play-off semi-final first leg at Preston.

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