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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

Formation 4-5-1

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

Substitutes

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

Walsall

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 5, Walsall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 5, Walsall 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by James Wilson.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

  5. Post update

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

  6. 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.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Forde (Rotherham United).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Joe Newell replaces Richard Towell.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

  20. Post update

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

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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