Millers Stick Dagger In
19 April 3pm
Two first half goals were enough to give Rotherham United their first back to back victory of 2008 but, in time added on in the second half they nearly blew it.
The Millers put the away team under pressure from the start and were unlucky not to be two up in the first few minutes when a low cross from Ryan Taylor skimmed across goal and a header from Graham Coughlan was turned out for a corner. But on the sixth minute Tom Cahill was bundled over in the penalty area by Scott Griffiths and Mark Hudson duly scored from the spot. Shortly afterwards Hudson had a shot saved by Tony Roberts from twenty-five yards out and then Roberts saved again from Taylor. Dagenham then had two corners cleared away before, at the other end, Pablo Mills had a header saved. Dale Tonge should have made it two on the half hour when a Peter Holmes cross found him on his own, but his shot went just wide. The visitors then had two free kicks in quick succession but Coughlan headed them both away. Five minutes before half time, a Marc Joseph cross was cleared away but only as far as Danny Harrison, who controlled the ball well on his chest and volleyed it into the top corner.
Dagenham came out the better side in the second half and the Millers defenders were caught ball watching when a Glen Southam corner struck Ben Strevens and went into the back of the net. Andy Warrington, who looked to have hurt his back in the first half, brought off a good save from Jon Nurse. Tom Cahill, who ran his socks off today, might have done better with a shot that went straight into Roberts' arms and Ryan Taylor saw an effort go into the side netting. In the final minutes of the game the visitors once again got on top and in the fourth minute of time added on Dagenham thought they had got the equaliser only for it to be ruled out by referee Oliver for hand ball.
With both Mansfield and Wrexham winning today, it looks like Dagenham are in for a scrap to stay in the league. The Millers are in twelfth place and this was a much needed win after all the uncertainty round Millmoor this week.