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2014 Millers Matches Advent Calendar - Number 3

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 three is the regular 2013/14 League One season closer at Swindon.

Swindon 1 Rotherham 2 (3/5/14)

It was fitting that Rotherham finished their 23-game away campaign in League One with a victory.

The Millers had been simply sensational on the road and recorded some of the best stats not only in their history, but also across the Football League.

The win at the County Ground, which was an hors d'oeuvre for the play-off semi-final the following week, was success number 14, taking their tally to 46 points on their travels, and they did it by scoring 42 goals. 

The foundations of this three-pointer were laid after just 58 seconds when Wes Thomas put the Millers into the lead with a low finish from 16 yards. 

It was the third time in the campaign that they had scored inside the opening 70 seconds of a game and highlighted their unwavering attacking instinct.

The visitors doubled their advantage midway through the first half and Thomas was staking a claim for a starting spot in the forthcoming play-off campaign with his second, though he had Ben Pringle's brilliance to thank for creating it.

Pringle, who was celebrating being named in the PFA League One Team of the Year, bent in a delicious cross which was perfect for Thomas to nod home from close range.

Swindon, desperate to send their supporters off for the summer with something to cheer about, rallied after the break and were handed a lifeline when Kari Arnason conceded a penalty and Michael Smith slotted home from the spot.

The crossbar denied Jay McEveley as the Robins pushed for a leveller, but Steve Evans' men held on for the three points, which set up a play-off semi-final tie with Preston.

Rotherham: Collin, Brindley, Arnason, Davis, Skarz, Tavernier, Frecklington, Milsom (O’Connor 64), Pringle, Hitchcock (Vuckic 70), Thomas (Agard 45)

Attendance: 8,618 (644 Millers)

One to remember: Wes Thomas scoring with the game less than a minute old.

One to forget: Thomas being withdrawn at half-time and missing out on the chance of a hat-trick after getting involved in some argy-bargy with Swindon's defence.

To find out which match was behind window number two, click here.

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