Rodák: On To Wembley

Friday 25 May 2018 10:45

Marek Rodák is set to play for Rotherham United at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the League One Play-Off Final, with Shrewsbury Town providing the opposition.

The Millers made it to the national stadium by beating Scunthorpe United 4-2 over the two legs.

“I’m very excited,” Rodák told “I’m looking forward to the Final. It’s going to be my first time at Wembley. Well, I’ve watched football games there but it will be my first time on the pitch.”

The first leg was away from home and finished 2-2 at Glanford Park. “In the first leg we went ahead twice, and then we conceded two own goals, so that wasn’t great.

“However, at the New York Stadium in the second leg we were in control. I made a couple of good saves, I think I did well.

“To be fair, for the first 20 minutes we didn’t play well at all, we were quite nervy and they were playing better than us. We just stuck to our game and managed to score two and win it.” 

Rodák made six saves in the second leg and was singled out for praise by Rotherham manager Paul Warne. 

The Millers have faced Shrewsbury twice this season, with both teams winning one apiece. 

“I played them away,” Rodák stated. “When we played at home I was just coming back from international duty so I was left out.

“We won 1-0, I had a good game that day, hopefully I also have one on Sunday and we do it.

“The fans for the second leg, I had never seen them like that in the league.

“There were so many people and it was so much louder than usual. Even after the game, everyone ran on the pitch to celebrate, it was a great day all round.  

“It was one of my best days in football, but hopefully we have an even better one come the weekend."

To reach the Play-Offs, Rotherham went on a long unbeaten run, falling just short of the automatic spots.

“We went something like 17 matches unbeaten at one point of the season, and then we lost 1-0 to Rochdale. Stephen Humphrys scored against me, and to be fair it was a good goal. 

“At that time, we won nine in a row, we were looking to try and get second place. After that we lost and drew, and other teams capitalised."

Asked whether he will be watching Fulham’s own Play-Off Final, he said: “We train in the morning and then travel down, so 100 per cent I will be watching Fulham. If we’re not at the hotel by then I will definitely be watching it on the coach.”

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