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Rotherham United 0-2 Watford

Watford v Rotherham

Lloyd Dyer reacted to scoring Watford's first goal at Rotherham by running over to his bench and appearing to give manager Beppe Sannino abuse.

The former West Brom player reacted first to Adam Collin's parried save from Odion Jude Ighalo's shot.

Gianni Munari made sure of the points with a late second but the main talking point was Dyer's reaction to scoring.

Hornets boss Sannino played down the incident, and said: "I didn't see it. But his celebration was normal."

Former Watford defender David Holdsworth was watching the game for BBC Three Counties Radio:
"Lloyd Dyer slotted home from a few yards and then his reaction was to elude his team-mates and give verbal abuse to his manager. It's not really what you want to see but there's a lot of emotions in football."

The win lifts Watford, who have two wins from their first three games, to seventh in the table.

In contrast, Rotherham have lost two of their first three matches since winning promotion from League One and have managed just one goal.

The Millers produced a string of chance but paid the price for a lack of cutting edge in front of goal.

Paul Taylor wasted two great chances and Lee Frecklington had an effort deflected.

Rotherham manager Steve Evans:

"We were terrific against a top-class side who I think will win promotion.

"We have given them a hiding but they have gone with the points. For 75 minutes we were by far the better side, but they have taken a couple of chances."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 20MorganBooked at 58mins
  • 4Arnason
  • 3Skarz
  • 11GreenSubstituted forTidserat 64'minutes
  • 33SmallwoodBooked at 83mins
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forSwiftat 77'minutes
  • 18PringleSubstituted forDerbyshireat 76'minutes
  • 9Revell
  • 26Taylor

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 6Wood
  • 10Bowery
  • 17Newton
  • 23Tidser
  • 25Swift
  • 27Derbyshire

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 17TamasBooked at 71mins
  • 4Angella
  • 31Hoban
  • 14Paredes
  • 3Munari
  • 19FabbriniSubstituted forDyerat 65'minutes
  • 5AndrewsBooked at 60mins
  • 21AnyaSubstituted forTozserat 79'minutes
  • 9Deeney
  • 20VydraSubstituted forIghaloat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Tozser
  • 11Forestieri
  • 12Doyley
  • 22Abdi
  • 23Dyer
  • 24Ighalo
  • 30Bond
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
9,361

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Watford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Watford 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Watford. Conceded by Michael Tidser.

  4. Post update

    Lloyd Dyer (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Michael Tidser (Rotherham United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alex Revell with a headed pass.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 0, Watford 2. Gianni Munari (Watford) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Hoban with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Tözsér (Watford).

  9. Post update

    Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Troy Deeney (Watford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gianni Munari.

  11. Booking

    Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Lloyd Dyer (Watford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

  15. Post update

    Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Watford. Daniel Tözsér replaces Ikechi Anya.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. John Swift (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Michael Tidser.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. John Swift replaces Lee Frecklington.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Matt Derbyshire replaces Ben Pringle.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Rotherham United 0, Watford 1. Lloyd Dyer (Watford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal.