Friendly Millers v Forest Report
Don Valley Stadium
22 July 2009 7.45pm
The Millers lose out to Championship Nottingham Forest in this evening's friendly at Don Valley.
The home team could have gone in front as early as the first minute when Forest 'keeper, Karl Darlow, got down well to save from the lively Tom Pope. At the other end, Rob Earnshaw had a good chance to open the scoring but his shot went wide. But it wasn't long before the visitors went in front when Earnshaw found himself in space and his low shot went in off the post. Ian Sharps nearly headed the equaliser but his shot came back off the crossbar and Paul Warne's follow up was blocked by Paul Anderson. Jason Taylor had a shot that rebounded off the post and Pope slotted the ball into an empty net but was ruled to be offside. Earnshaw had the ball in the back of the net again at the other end, when he lifted the ball over Andy Warrington only to have it ruled out for handball. Darlow twice saved the visitors before half time, once from a shot by Kevin Ellison and then from an Ian Sharps header.
Forest came out the stronger for the second half when Adebola and Earnshaw combined to set up Tyson but he missed when it looked easier to score. Rotherham then took over the game and Jordan Fairclough stopped the ball from going over the line with Nicky Law getting ready to pounce. A Pablo Mills free-kick found Ian Sharps head but once again Fairclough was there to clear the ball before Darlow brought off a fine save from Ellison. Then the Millers had the perfect opportunity to equalise when a cross from Ellison was handled by Mickael Darnet and referee, Jonathan Moss, pointed to the penalty spot. Stephen Brogan stepped up but his shot hit the crossbar and went over. Ryan Taylor had a header that looked like it was heading for the top corner but, from nowhere, Morgan steamed in and cleared the ball from under the crossbar. Still the Millers kept going forward and in the final minutes Brogan beat three Forest players but his shot was turned round the bar by Darlow.
A good work out for the Millers this evening and it seems they were unlucky not to score.
J Taylor (Harrison)
Pope (R Taylor)