Minstermen triumphant in New York
York City became the first visiting side to leave Rotherham United’s New York stadium victorious after a hard fought 1-0 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over the Millers.
Matt Blair’s strike 10 minutes from time was enough to secure the Minstermen’s passage into the Northern section second round, leaving Rotherham boss Steve Evans to contemplate a first defeat at the club’s new ground.
Speaking to the club’s website Evans said: “It wasn’t good enough was it, but you’ve got to look at the context of the play. We’ve made five changes to save legs but we’ve dominated the second half.”
Both sides have made impressive starts to their domestic seasons, with York in the top half of the npower League Two table following two successive victories and the Millers in the playoff places, boasting a perfect home record.
Blessing in disguise
The first round cup exit could be seen a blessing in disguise for Evans’ League Two promotion favourites, with a few of his first-team regulars picking up slight injuries during last night’s defeat.
Evans continued: “We’re not sure if Mark Bradley has strained the fibres of a hamstring or whether it’s just cramp and (Kari) Arnason is away for Saturday so we’ve got some defensive worries but we’ve had to cope with key players missing since the start of the season and hopefully it will balance itself out.”
The Millers travel to Port Vale on Saturday looking for a first away victory under the former Crawley Town manager’s leadership.
York meanwhile entertain Chesterfield looking for a fourth straight victory in all competitions.
By Daniel Ludlam