Managerless Millers Go Top
Don Valley Stadium
5 September 2009 2.00pm
Three second half goals sent Rotherham to the top of League Two this afternoon, despite going one down on twenty-one minutes to a disputed penalty.
Both teams began this game slowly and it was eighteen minutes before Pablo Mills had a shot blocked and Adam Le Fondre forced Tommy Lee, in the Spireites goal, to save the rebound. Just minutes later Jamie Green brought Wade Small down on the edge of the penalty area and the referee blew for a free kick. Rather belatedly he consulted his linesman and, much to the bewilderment of the Millers players and fans, he changed his mind and pointed to the penalty spot. Jamie Lowry placed the ball on the spot and put the ball into the net. From the kick off Nicky Law had a shot saved by Lee before Ian Sharps had to clear over his own crossbar to stop the visitors going two infront. The referee upset the Millers again a few minutes later when Lee dropped the ball under a challenge from Le Fondre, it fell to Phil Picken, who blatantly rolled it back to Lee who picked it up - making all the fans in red stand up in anger. Before half-time, Mills put in a good cross to Le Fondre only for the centre-forward to fire wide but it was Small who wasted the best chance, when one-on-one with Andy Warrington the Millers 'keeper fell to Small's feet to make a brave save.
The Millers came out strong in the second half but it was Chesterfield who spurned chances when a Mark Allot free kick went wide and Warrington made another good save by tipping over a shot from Small. But the Millers started to fight back when a free kick from Law was missed by Le Fondre but fell to Danny Harrison who side footed the ball in the net for the equaliser. The home side's second goal came five minutes later when a poor clearance from a Chesterfield defender found Kevin Ellison who nodded the ball in to Le Fondre for the striker to get his fifth goal in five games. Seven minutes later, Ryan Taylor, on at half-time for Paul Warne, found the ball at his feet some twenty-five yards out and with the Rotherham fans urging the young striker to shoot he did just that. His shot hit the post and rebounded to Ellison to put the ball into an empty net and secure all three points for the managerless Millers.
It was good to hear the Rotherham faithful shouting and clapping John Breckin as the teams left the pitch today - and, I know I might be a bit biased, but I do think Rotherham were the better team