Three down Fourteen to go!
Don Valley Stadium
9 August 2008 3.00pm
A goal just before half time from Reuben Reid was enough to give Rotherham United a first league victory at Don Valley this afternoon.
Mark Robins started with three of his summer signings - Reid, Alex Rhodes and Mark Lynch and the home side certainly began the livlier and had their first chance on two minutes when a low drive from Ryan Taylor tested Rob Burch in the Imps net. Skipper, Pablo Mills, then had a shot from twenty-five yards out that went just wide of the target with Danny Harrison and Mark Hudson also going near for the Millers. At the other end Lenell John-Lewis beat the Millers 'keeper, Andy Warrington, to a cross but saw his header go wide and not long after, Kevin Gall got free of the home defenders and brought a good finger tip save from Warrington. Things got lively after thirty minutes when Burch came racing out of his goal into no-mans-land and seemed to palm the ball down but the referee, Mr Haines, waved away the Millers protests much to the annoyance of the home fans. A minute before the end of the half, the Millers took a deserved lead. A ball over the top saw Reid run onto it, control it, muscle Lee Beevers out of the way and as cool as you like slot it past the advancing Burch. From the re-start, Warrington managed to block a Gary King shot and the follow up by Ben Wright was cleared.
Rotherham carried on in the same vein at the start of the second half and Burch punched away a Danny Harrison shot and Reid mazed his way round defenders to the edge of the area but his shot was held by Burch. City seem to step up the pressure after sixty minutes and Warrington brought of another finger tip save from Stefan Oakes and then denied Dany N'Guessan, who had replaced King, when he looked like he would get the equaliser. Paul Green then sent a great cross in that, thankfully for the Millers, by-passed everyone and went out. In the final minutes, Jamie Green nicked away a teasing cross from Oakes and in time added on (which, by the way was not indicated by the fourth official), Warrington easily saved a weak shot from Scott Kerr to make sure the Millers started this campaign with all three points.