NO MOORE WOE FOR MILLERS...
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
HAT-TRICK HERO: Moore scored three for the Millers ON THE UP: Rotherham players congratulate Kieffer Moore after he scores their fourth