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Rotherham United 5-1 Walsall

Skipper Lee Frecklington netted a hat-trick as Rotherham United hammered Walsall.

The Millers netted four times in 18 first-half minutes to effectively end the contest before the break.

Frecklington put them ahead in the 13th minute when he volleyed a stunning effort over Mark Gillespie from 25 yards.

The midfielder was then needed at the other end to head Amadou Bakayoko's effort off the line.

Buoyed by that, Rotherham surged upfield and doubled their lead in the 16th minute with Jon Taylor flicking in Ryan Williams' cross to the near post.

It was three in the 24th minute with Taylor deflecting an effort off Nicky Devlin over the line after his initial shot had hit the post, while Will Vaulks set up the fourth in the 31st minute by looping a cross into the near post for Frecklington to head in.

Walsall pulled one back in the 49th minute, Bakayoko turning in from a corner, but Frecklington secured himself the match ball in the 88th minute by smashing in Anthony Forde's cut-back.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 13Rodák
  • 4Vaulks
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 23R Williams
  • 17TowellSubstituted forNewellat 82'minutes
  • 16Potter
  • 8Frecklington
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forFordeat 71'minutes
  • 24MooreSubstituted forBallat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 5Ajayi
  • 7Forde
  • 10Ball
  • 18Purrington
  • 21Yates
  • 22Newell

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 6Devlin
  • 14Wilson
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 7Chambers
  • 23DonnellanSubstituted forCuvelierat 32'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 20BakayokoBooked at 41minsSubstituted forAgyeiat 71'minutes
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forMorrisat 47'minutes
  • 18Roberts

Substitutes

  • 8Cuvelier
  • 9Jackson
  • 11Morris
  • 13Roberts
  • 19Ismail
  • 24Roberts
  • 32Agyei
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
7,330

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 5, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 5, Walsall 1.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by James Wilson.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Kieron Morris (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 5, Walsall 1. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde following a fast break.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Rotherham United).

Daniel Agyei (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Richard Towell.

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Darren Potter (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Attempt missed. Daniel Agyei (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Jon Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Daniel Agyei replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Ryan Williams (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Foul by David Ball (Rotherham United).

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. David Ball replaces Kieffer Moore because of an injury.

Delay in match Kieffer Moore (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Rotherham United).

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 4, Walsall 1. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury7610104619
2Peterborough7511157816
3Charlton75021310315
4Bradford7421149514
5Blackpool7421117414
6Wigan6411113813
7Fleetwood6411117413
8Oxford Utd7331125712
9Rotherham7403159612
10Blackburn6402116512
11Scunthorpe733183512
12Bristol Rovers73041215-39
13Portsmouth722379-28
14Walsall72231014-48
15MK Dons721449-57
16Doncaster713379-26
17Northampton6204611-56
18Rochdale7133510-56
19Southend7133713-66
20Wimbledon712448-45
21Oldham71151016-64
22Bury7115814-64
23Plymouth7115613-74
24Gillingham7034511-63
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