Freddie Ladapo’s doubles brought Rotherham a share of the booty in an entertaining clash with Bournemouth, who is watching the promotion, at New York Stadium.
Ladapo equalized from close range after Junior Stanislas won the cherries with a penalty in the 20th. Minute had taken the lead, his third goal in two games.
Despite pressure from Bournemouth, it was the home side who took the lead in Ladapo’s second half in the second half.
Substitute Diego Rico prepared Dominic Solanke to equalize every hour on the hour but Bournemouth couldn’t find a winner to put them at the top of the table after leaders Norwich were led by Coventry.
Solanke, looking dangerous from the first whistle, almost gave the visitors the lead when he struck Rotherham’s goalkeeper Jamal Blackman to a Stanislas cross just to kick the ball wide.
But the Bournemouth striker was overthrown by Blackman soon after when he received a back pass from Lloyd Kelly and Stanislas confidently steered the resulting free kick home.
The Millers hit back almost immediately when Joe Mattock’s ball picked Jamie Lindsay, but the midfielder’s header was neatly knocked over by Asmir Begovic.
However, the same pair scored on the left to get Rotherham’s equalizer in the 37th. Minute to achieve. Ladapo shot to the near post to stab Mattock’s flank over the line.
Although Stanislas almost restored the advantage of the cherries on either side of the break, it was Ladapo who doubled his record for the game five minutes into the second half.
Lindsay’s ball was half cleared to the striker, who moved away from his marker and shot a shot with his left foot over the helpless Begovic into the far corner.
However, Solanke scored 2-2 with his fifth goal of the season, nodded at Rico’s cross and Bournemouth pushed hard for the win in the last quarter of the game.
Blackman went underground to refuse Solanke again, while Jefferson Lerma also came with a chip on the roof of the Rotherham network.
« It’s the most complete performance we’ve had in 90 minutes this season. The last two games we did well in the second half of both, but not the first, so we definitely brought that up.
« I asked the guys to be brave and I knew they would have chances. I thought we created the most chances of winning the game.
« It was nice to see that today we were a little more aggressive towards our standards that I asked for.
« If I was greedy I would have preferred to win, but to take a point off a top team, hopefully our dressing room will give the faith in itself that I have in it. «
« We had to make changes today due to the injuries of (Arnaut) Danjuma and Lewis Cook and I think our performance showed at times.
« When you come here you know you have to face a very straightforward side that plays lots of long balls and does lots of restarts and loads the ball into the box.
« For much of the game we did a lot of ugly things well and I was happy with the reaction to the 2-1 win. I think we’ll take the point and move on.
« I’m really disappointed with the two goals we conceded. I don’t think we covered ourselves in fame there. « . «
Missed attempt. Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and far to the right. Prepared by Jamie Lindsay.
Missed attempt. Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) right footed shot from more than 35 yards out from a direct free kick is a little too high.
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