Rotherham United leapfrogged Ipswich Town to return to the top of League One after beating the Tractor Boys 1-0 at the New York Stadium.
The Millers bounced right back from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Peterborough United and were in the ascendancy from the start against Paul Lambert’s side.
Richard Wood scored the decisive goal for Rotherham just three minutes before the break, heading home from close range after Will Norris was unable to deal with a dangerous corner.
The Millers dominance continued after the break but they were unable to extend their lead and nearly paid the price when Ipswich sparked into life late in the game.
Kayden Jackson, Luke Garbutt and James Norwood all had late chances but none were able to find the net, meaning Rotherham picked up their sixth win in seven league games to go top.
Paul Warne’s side welcome Burton Albion to the New York Stadium on Saturday but before the focus switches to that game, here are three things we learnt from last night’s victory…
They have what it takes to go all the way this year.
Rotherham were hugely impressive last night, both in terms of performance and result.
They bounced back from their defeat against the Posh to dominate the league leaders and pick up a well earned three points.
When a side goes on the sort of run the Millers had been on before last weekend’s result, you sometimes have to question how much of their success is based upon momentum.
Rotherham showed with their victory against Ipswich that their recent form is reflective of their quality and that they have what it takes to go all the way this year.
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Dan Barlaser is deserving of his recent attention.
The Newcastle United loanee was sensational for the Millers last night, controlling the game and dictating play.
The majority of Rotherham’s attacking play went through the central midfielder, who made 67 touches in total, provided five key passes and created two big chances (Sofascore).
Last night’s performance showed exactly why club’s are reportedly queueing up to sign the 22-year-old in the summer.
Set pieces can be a key area for them.
Rotherham controlled the majority of the game against the Tractor Boys and regularly looked dangerous getting behind the visitor’s backline.
However, the area they really terrorised them in was set-pieces. In addition to Wood’s decisive goal, the Millers also hit the woodwork from a well-worked free-kick and had another goal from a corner disallowed.
They showed a mix of nous and brute force in their set-pieces against Ipswich and if they can continue to do that, it could be a key area for them in their promotion push.