Millers beat Leeds in Johnstones Paint Trophy
Don Valley Stadium
8 October 2008 7.45pm
Rotherham United progressed into the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with an impressive display over Leeds United at Don Valley this evening.
Before the start of the game, referee Scott Mathieson, had his tape measure out and had the goals lifted a little and it was the crossbar that came to the aid of the Millers as Robert Snodgrass' free kick on seven minutes went over Andy Warrington's head and rattled the it. Minutes later Warrington brought off a brilliant one handed save from an Andy Robinson shot that looked destined for the top corner. But it was the Millers who took a shock lead on seventeen minutes when an Andy Nicholas long throw found Ian Sharps' head in the box and he glanced it over a stranded David Lucas in the visitors goal. Mark Hudson could have doubled the lead eight minutes later but his shot went just wide of goal. On the half hour mark, Andy Warrington brought off another fine save which fell to a Leeds player who shot towards goal, was saved off the line by a Millers defender before, in the melee, Johnny Howson scrambled it over the line for the equaliser. But, Millers heads didn't go down and just before half-time, Reuben Read went on an amazing run which ended in him being tumbled over in the penalty area by Andy Hughes. Up stepped Hudson but his spot kick was weak and Lucas palmed it away but the rebound fell to Hudson who slotted home to take the Millers into the lead at the break.
Just three minutes after the re-start, Drewe Broughton got his head to an expertly crossed Dale Tonge ball to put the Millers three-one up. Five minutes later, an Alex Rhodes corner found Nick Fenton unmarked and he nodded it in for number four. Leeds soon got one back when Enoch Showunmi slipped the ball under Warrington to make it four-two. On sixty-six minutes, Reid swivlled and seemed to skate his way past defenders and perhaps should have passed to Rhodes but shot towards goal only to see the ball go over the crossbar. Alan Sheenan had a free kick that went just past Warrington's upright and a cross from Hudson at the other end was just a little too quick for Rhodes to get on the end of. Warrington palmed a Snodgrass shot, from six yards, away and Luciano Becchio got his head to a well placed ball and with Warrington beaten, saw it hit the crossbar. Pablo Mills decided to get in on the goalscoring and headed a cross from Hudson into the back of the net only to see the linesman raise his flag, for what we think, was a push on the 'keeper. In the closing stages of the game, Warrington pulled off two brilliant saves first to deny Howson and then Becchio.
A good display by the Millers infront of Sky TV and, a good game for the neutral tonight.
ANDY WARRINGTON has to have it for his wonderful stops tonight.
Although, all the team deserve a round of applause