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RUFC - A Look Back at Last Season - March

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The Millers began the month of March in eleventh place in League Two and with a trip to the Underhill Stadium to play Barnet.

After six minutes the home side went into the lead after a foul by Mark Bradley led to a Mark Bryne in-swinging free-kick which missed everyone and saw the ball nestle into the bottom corner of the net. Five minutes into the second half Ben Pringle, on at half-time for Kieron Cadogan, picked up a cross from Bradley and toe poked it into the back of the net for the equaliser. Former Miller Paul Downing got a second yellow card on sixty-five minutes for a foul on Paul Warne but the Millers couldn't make the advantage count.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Ben Pringle

Rotherham Manager, Andy Scott, was frustrated with the draw and said he was 'sick to death of saying the same things. We need winners at this football club not men and it's about time the winners do something about the ones who don`t want to be winners and I'm here to be a winner.' He also said that he thought Ben Pringle was 'outstanding'.

The players and officials at the club stayed in the dressing room for a 'tell it as it is' session with Scott saying that 'people have had their say' and there were 'some home truths' told by everyone.

During the week we found out that Tranmere Rovers had appointed ex-boss Ronnie Moore until the end of the season.

The New York Stadium got its third major sponsors in Morrison, the repairs and maintenance service provider, who signed a three year deal to sponsor the South Community Stand.

The next game was a Tuesday night match against Crewe at Don Valley and the second one-all draw of the week. A poor kick from Millers 'keeper Rhys Taylor on sixteen minutes fell to the visitors Byron Moore who was clumsily challenged by Jason Taylor and referee Chris Sarginson pointed to the penalty spot which Harry Davies put away. After dominating most of the start of the second half the Millers finally got an equaliser on sixty-two minutes when a deep cross from Mark Bradley found Lewis Grabban and the striker put the ball past the on-rushing opposition goalkeeper.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Ben Pringle

In his post-match interview, Andy Scott said his side were 'excellent' particularly praising Mark Bradley and Danny Schofield. While Lewis Grabban asked the fans to 'keep the faith'.

The Millers Reserves managed to get a point away at Bradford on the following afternoon with a nil-nil draw.



On the 8th of the month the Chairman, Tony Stewart, came out in support of manager, Andy Scott, and said, 'I am backing this manager to deliver because I still believe we have got the right man for the job.'

Scott, himself, said that he hadn't given up a play-off spot although admitted there was a 'mountain to climb.' He also said that he thought the team had missed Adam Le Fondre, who went to Reading in the first month of the season.

Johnny Mullins signed an extension to his contract which will keep him with the Millers until 2014.

Plymouth made the long trip to Don Valley where Lewis Grabban grabbed all three points for the Millers with a seventy minute penalty after Darren Purse brought down Gareth Evans in the penalty area. Shaun Harrad, on loan from Bury, came off the bench for his last appearance for the Millers.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Johnny Mullins

Andy Scott said that he thought his team always looked 'comfortable' in the game saying that everyone contributed and that they could have made it more comfortable towards the end of the game.

Rotherham United Community Sport Trust won the Coca-Cola Community Club of the Year Award.

Gareth Evans and Jason Taylor were offered new contracts after they triggered a contract clause due to appearances.

The next game of a busy month was a Tuesday night game at Don Valley against Torquay, which was won on twenty-six minutes for the visitors with a goal from Lee Mansell.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Gareth Evans

The Millers signed loan player Sam Hoskins from Southampton until the end of the season.

The next game was away at the Kassam Stadium when the Millers travelled to play Oxford. The day started badly when it was announced that there was a change of referee and Trevor Kettle would be the man in the middle - someone known, and loathed, by all Millers fans. It didn't get any better when Scott Rendell evaded the offside trap and rolled the ball past Rhys Taylor into the back of the net to give the home side the lead on the stroke of half-time. Seven minutes into the second half Asa Hall made it two-nil and, although the Millers got back into the game on the eighty-third minute, after Jason Taylor was hacked down in the box and Lewis Grabban scored the resulting penalty, the came away with nothing.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Gareth Evans

With some of the travelling fans staying behind after the game to shout for Scott's head, the manager said that 'everyone was frustrated' after the loss.

Just eleven days after the Chairman came out in the press and said that he still thought Andy Scott was the 'man for Rotherham United' he was sacked.

With the Chairman intimating that he wanted to get someone in 'quickly' Darren Patterson was put in temporary charge and won his first game, four-two against Macclesfield Town at Don Valley. Mark Bradley and Ben Pringle put the Millers two-up but Matt Smith pulled one back for the visitors. Three minutes later Alex Revell got the Millers their two goal lead back but, after Mark Bradley was (poorly) adjudged to have pushed over Matt Smith, Lewis Chambers made it three-two from the penalty spot. Four minutes later the Millers, again, got their two goal cushion back when Kieron Cadogan got his first Rotherham goal.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Ben Pringle

Darren Patterson thought the team were 'excellent' saying, 'I'm pleased for the players because it's been an extremely difficult couple of days and everybody's hurting so I was pleased with the response.' and striker, Alex Revell, said that the win was 'massive'.

The reserves played away at Scunthorpe and got a one-all draw the Millers goal coming in the first minutes from Sam Hoskins.

The Millers went to play their first game at the Broadfield Stadium to take on promotion hopefuls, Crawley Town with Sam Wood asking the fans to 'support' and not 'boo'. 'We don`t mean to lose, ` Wood said, 'but hearing the fans say 'what a load of rubbish` isn`t going to help. We need all the support we can get.'

The ground was bathed in sunshine and the Millers were holding their own against Steve Evans' side until two minutes before half-time when Gary Alexander was afforded too much room down the wing and got in a good ball to Billy Clarke who put it into the back of the net. The Millers were on top from the start of the second half until Jason Taylor pushed over Dannie Bulman in the penalty area Alexander scored from the penalty spot. Fourteen minutes later former Millers skipper, Pablo Mills, got in on the act and the Millers lost three-nil.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Johnny Mullins

After the loss, Darren Patterson said he was both disappointed and frustrated saying, 'we absolutely battered them in the first half and could have been three or four up.'

On the following Monday, Tony Stewart said he had 'whittled' down the new manager from forty plus applicants to just five and the following Friday morning he said he was hoping to 'name the manager today or tomorrow' but by mid-afternoon he had changed his mind saying, 'it could be two weeks before we get someone in.'

With Patto saying he was 'enjoying' his temporary role at the club he also said he was unsure of his future but he hadn`t put in for the managers' job.

The eighth and last game of the month saw Hereford at Don Valley. The Millers pressured from the start but the only goal of the game came two minutes from half-time when Lewis Grabban headed the ball over the Bulls' 'keeper and into the net for his nineteenth goal of the season.

Vital Rotherham Man of the Match - Ryan Cresswell

After the game Darren Patterson heaped praise on both Lewis Grabban and Ryan Cresswell and said that he thought 'we bossed the game from start to finish'.

Millers Players in NPower League Two Team of the Week - Ryan Cresswell and Lewis Grabban

Vital Man of the Month for March was Ben Pringle.

The Millers ended the month in the same place as they started it, in eleventh place.





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Date:Thursday July 26 2012

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