October 13, 2012
Assombalonga at the double to sink Millers
Britt Assombalonga ripped Rotherham apart as Southend turned in a tremendous second-half performance in a 3-0 victory at Rotherham.
Most of the first half pressure came from Rotherham, but it was the visitors who had the ball in the net, only for Assombalonga's close range effort to be ruled out for offside.
Most of Rotherham's approach work though was thwarted by Southend's central defenders, Chris Barker and former Rotherham favourite Ryan Cresswell.
Lionel Ainsworth fired just wide after 10 minutes for the home side and Ben Pringle and Gareth Evans both had shots saved by Paul Smith.
At the other end, Scott Shearer tipped a Kevan Hurst shot over the bar and Assombalonga had another effort saved by the Rotherham shot-stopper just before the break.
But, six minutes after the break, Assombalonga got his name on the score sheet with a goal that did count. David Martin's cross from the left was inch perfect and Assombalonga had a simple nod in from just under the crossbar.
And 14 minutes later Assombalonga did it again. This time the ball came from Sean Clohessy on the right and on-loan Watford ace Assombalonga brushed aside the challenge of Ian Sharps and turned and fired into the top corner for his ninth goal this season.
Southend weren't fished and on 72 minutes, Assombalonga's shot was touched on to the crossbar by Shearer and Martin was lurking to head home the rebound.
|Rotherham United||Southend United|
|1 Scott Shearer||1 Paul Smith|
|5 Ian Sharps||23 Chris Barker|
|18 Nicky Hunt||2 Sean Clohessy|
|20 Craig Morgan||3 Anthony Straker|
|23 Robert Harris||6 Ryan Cresswell|
|11 Gareth Evans||18 Ryan Leonard|
|8 Jason Taylor||14 Kevan Hurst|
|10 Michael O'Connor||8 Michael Timlin|
|7 Lionel Ainsworth||11 David Martin|
|15 Ben Pringle||21 Gavin Tomlin|
|16 Kayode Odejayi||20 Britt Assombalonga|
|21 Andy Warrington||Daniel Bentley 17|
|2 Dale Tonge||Graham Coughlan 5|
|25 Alex Denton||Alex Woodyard 30|
|19 David Noble||Jack Paxnan 22|
|14 Mark Bradley||Freddy Eastwood 7|
|17 Daniel Nardiello||Elliot Benyon 24|
|22 Keiran Agard||Jonson Clarke-Harris 12|
|Daniel Nardiello for Lionel Ainsworth (46)||Graham Coughlan for Ryan Cresswell (81)|
|Alex Denton for Kayode Odejayi (57)||Jonson Clarke-Harris for Britt Assombalonga (87)|
|David Noble for Gareth Evans (64)|
|· Squads: Rotherham United | Southend United|