The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Moore

Rother­ham boss Paul Warne likes what he sees af­ter Ki­ef­fer Moore helped them bounce back from open­ing-day de­feat in style.

A stun­ning hat-trick from on­loan Ip­swich striker Moore, Joe Newell’s sub­lime 20-yard curl­ing ef­fort and a sec­ond-half strike from Ryan Wil­liams saw the Millers thrash a sub-par Southend.

Warne said “I’ve been bang­ing the drum with how I want us to play this year, try and get the ball up the pitch and I thought first half we were ex­cel­lent and vir­tu­ally un­stop­pable.

“I was wor­ried they would score just be­fore half-time and that 3-1 would be a disgusting score­line head­ing into the break, so to get the fourth be­fore half-time was good.

“The lads came off the pitch at half-time smil­ing and I wanted to keep them on the floor a lit­tle bit at half-time and tell them noth­ing had been won yet and it would be nice to keep a clean sheet.”

Rother­ham were ahead on 15 min­utes when Moore slot­ted home af­ter Si­mon Cox’s mis­placed clear­ance fell to Ryan Wil­liams, whose pass found the striker in the six-yard box and he made no mis­take

Within a minute, it was two for the Millers as a break­ing ball in mid­field was played to Newell on the left, whose cross found Moore for a sim­ple tap-in.

Southend looked shell­shocked and a third goal on 23 min­utes saw their day go from bad to worse as Jamie Proc­tor laid the ball on the edge of the area for Newell’s first-time ef­fort to curl be­yond Shrimpers goal­keeper Mark Ox­ley.

Brief respite for the vis­i­tors came as the ex­pe­ri­enced Cox be­gan to put him­self about and cre­ate a cou­ple of half-chances but a fourth goal be­fore the break ex­tin­guished any hopes of a fight­back.

Proc­tor was once again the sup­plier as he broke the off­side trap to drive into the box be­fore lay­ing off to Moore for his hattrick and a 4-0 lead.

A fifth goal just be­fore the hour con­tin­ued to add much-de­served gloss to the re­sult as Moore turned provider with a pin-point cross for Wil­liams to drive home.

More chances came for the Millers as they went in search of goals but Southend man­aged to claw back an inch of pride and keep the score at 5-0.

Shrimpers man­ager Phil Brown apol­o­gised to the fans for the per­for­mance: “Ev­ery­thing that could go wrong, did go wrong.

“We were bul­lied in the firsthalf by two strik­ers who were will­ing and game to put their heads in and our de­fence couldn’t deal with it. Our strik­ers weren’t do­ing the same and so it was one-way traf­fic. “It was a rea­son­able score­line. “We couldn’t deal with Rother­ham’s style of play.”

ROTHER­HAM (4-4-2): O’Don­nell 6, Mat­tock 7, Em­manuel 7, Ajayi 6, Ihiekwe 7, Newell 7, Freck­ling­ton 6 (Vaulks 65 6), Pot­ter 7, Wil­liams 8 (Forde 77 6), Proc­tor 8, Moore 9 (Ball 70, 6) Subs not used: Bil­boe, Tay­lor, Pur­ring­ton, Yates SOUTHEND (4-4-2): Ox­ley 4, Hen­drie 5, White 5, Fer­di­nand 4 (McLaugh­lin 66, 5), Demetriou 5, Kightly 5, Tim­lin 5, Leonard 5, McGlashan 4 (Kier­nan 26 6, For­tune 5, Cox 5 (Robin­son 59, 5) Subs not used: Smith, Ba, Year­wood, Kypri­anou

PIC­TURES: Mark Fletcher MI News & Sport

HAT-TRICK HERO: Moore scored three for the Millers ON THE UP: Rother­ham play­ers con­grat­u­late Ki­ef­fer Moore af­ter he scores their fourth

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